Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the most respected young ensembles in America, the Miami String Quartet has been praised as having a "real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy." Relentless in their pursuit of presenting new music, the quartet has garnered much critical acclaim for their efforts. This CRI recording presents a progressive, energetic performance of Robert Starer's music that undoubtedly will be well received.
Considered a great addition to the genre, Starer's string quartets have struggled to identify themselves with any of the post-war camps of composition. Unquestionably distinguished from rival experimentalists and divided traditionalists, Starer identifies himself with an aesthetic that is relatively tonal in practice.
Drawing from the classical strengths of so many generations before him, his String Quartet No. 1, written in 1947, contrasts the overt uses of European, Middle-Eastern, and American harmonies. In this performance, such diverse elements are portrayed with a commanding authority. Having been written 47 years later, Quartet No. 2 remains lyrical and pervasively dramatic. Surprisingly, Starer adheres to the usual four-movement framework that portrays his traditional, classicist mentality. The single movement Quartet No. 3 inhabits an expressive, organic melodic structure that continually expands on its core themes. A noteworthy collection of compositions, this is for those seeking modern, yet approachable tonal music. Read less
Works on This Recording
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Robert Starer
Miami String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947; USA
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