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Lieberson: Tashi Quartet; Reynolds: Shadowed Narrative / Antares


Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 112  
Composer:  Peter LiebersonRoger Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Antares
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These two works were commissioned in 1978 by the chamber group Tashi, which used the same unusual line-up as Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time: clarinet, violin, cello and piano. They are recorded here by a successor to Tashi called Antares.

The late Peter Lieberson named his piece after the commissioning group itself. It's a five movement work with a scherzo in the middle followed by a slow movement. Despite using 12-tone techniques, it feels relatively free in developing its often short-winded ideas, though there's no lack of concentration.

Roger Reynold's piece is looser and sparer, deriving its material from passages in a novel by Gabriel García Márquez. The idea is that in each
Read more movement the solo instrument shapes the phrasing of the musical lines, while the other instruments shadow it. The result is often intriguing, and beautifully balanced by both performers and sound engineers.

George Hall, BBC Music Magazine [1/2012]


You will enjoy this recording as I did for any number of reasons. This is exciting, provocative contemporary music with a strong emotional grounding and the performance of Antares is quite impressive. New Focus Recordings is a performer-run independent with a clear commitment to new music and new artists. I certainly enjoyed this release and look forward to more!

-- Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition [11/16/11] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Tashi Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano by Peter Lieberson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Antares
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978 
2. Shadowed Narrative by Roger Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Antares
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1981 

Sound Samples

Tashi Quartet: I. Allegro
Tashi Quartet: II. Vivace grazioso
Tashi Quartet: III. Scherzo
Tashi Quartet: IV. Adagio tranquillo
Tashi Quartet: V. Allegro moderato
Shadowed Narrative: I. ... boyish excitement ...
Shadowed Narrative: II. ... lamenting poverty ...
Shadowed Narrative: III. ... Those were the times ...
Shadowed Narrative: IV. ... while they were playing ...

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