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WUORINEN: String Sextet / String Quartet No. 2 / Piano Quintet / Divertimento

Composer(s):Wuorinen, Charles
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559288
Label Naxos
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For all Charles Wuorinen’s longstanding reputation as a modernist, his musical career has more in common with those of Brahms and Beethoven than with any contemporary model. His music, from his earliest pieces through the more recent masterworks, is a body of work as significant as one is likely to encounter. Wuorinen has long had a well-earned reputation for mastery of unconventional instrumental groupings, but the four chamber works on this disc are all scored for conventional forces – two string quartets, a string sextet and a piano quintet.


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Review By Carson Cooman,Living Music Journal,January 2001

In contrast to the mostly “uncommon” chamber groupings of the trio disc, the second release contains chamber works of more normal instrumental configurations – string quartet, piano quintet, and string sextet. The Brahmsian Piano Quintet (1993-94) is a highlight of this disc, compressing a great deal of passion and drama into its 25 minute span. The String Sextet (1988-89) shows a superb blending of instrumental color. All six string instruments end up completely intertwined – turning into one large super-instrument. Wuorinen has written four string quartets to date which range from the early 1970’s up to the present. The second quartet is in four movements, each containing numerous contrasts. Beginning in a world full of nervous energy, it moves

The performances contained on both discs are superb. The Group for Contemporary Music encompasses many of New York City’s finest new music specialists, and they throw the full weight of their passions into Wuorinen’s work. Both TASHI and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are well-known ensembles that also show their commitment in the fine performances they deliver.

These are two of the most essential recordings of 2006 for anyone interested in American music or significant works of chamber music and are strongly and urgently recommended.

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Review By Carson Cooman,Living Music Journal,January 2001

In contrast to the mostly “uncommon” chamber groupings of the trio disc, the second release contains chamber works of more normal instrumental configurations – string quartet, piano quintet, and string sextet. The Brahmsian Piano Quintet (1993-94) is a highlight of this disc, compressing a great deal of passion and drama into its 25 minute span. The String Sextet (1988-89) shows a superb blending of instrumental color. All six string instruments end up completely intertwined – turning into one large super-instrument. Wuorinen has written four string quartets to date which range from the early 1970’s up to the present. The second quartet is in four movements, each containing numerous contrasts. Beginning in a world full of nervous energy, it moves

The performances contained on both discs are superb. The Group for Contemporary Music encompasses many of New York City’s finest new music specialists, and they throw the full weight of their passions into Wuorinen’s work. Both TASHI and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are well-known ensembles that also show their commitment in the fine performances they deliver.

These are two of the most essential recordings of 2006 for anyone interested in American music or significant works of chamber music and are strongly and urgently recommended.

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Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,May 2007

WHO'S AFRAID: Bearded and bespectacled, Charles Wuorinen has a rather formidable look, and few musicians (heck, few people of any sort) are so scarily articulate. And the American composer, 68, has had a reputation as one of the knottier of the musical modernists.

FORWARD FROM BARTÓK: This sampling of Mr. Wuorinen's chamber music, composed between 1979 and 1994, isn't exactly easy listening. But ears accustomed to the string quartets of Bartók won't be shocked by the American's sometimes twitchy angularities and disjunctions.

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