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George Perle: The String Quartets, Vol. 1 / Daedalus Quartet

Perle / Daedalus Quartet
Release Date: 07/09/2013 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9398   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Perle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti.

This release is volume 1 in a series devoted to the string quartets of George Perle (1915 - 2009).

"The sound and surface of his music is marked by a relative simplicity which is actually the underpinning of a rich and complex language based on principles he has developed and which owe
Read more much to the thinking of Bartók, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Berg. He has eschewed serialism, however, and his compositional approach is one which differs fundamentally from most post–Schoenbergian practice." - Paul Lansky, Princeton University Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 2 by George Perle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Quartet for Strings no 5 by George Perle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Quartet for Strings no 8 "Windows of Order" by George Perle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Molto Adagio by George Perle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Daedalus skillfully navigates through Perle quart January 14, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "George Perle created what he called &quot;twelve-tone tonality,&quot; and the works on this release are all prime examples. <br /> <br /> The earliest quartet on the album, Perle's second, also sounds the most tonal -- but that's a relative statement. Even though this is technically written in the key of D minor, the tonal center shifts about quite a bit. All in all, though, a carefully constructed work that moves along to its own internal harmonic logic. <br /> <br /> The String Quartet No. 5 seems to continual shift back and forth between tonality and atonality. The underlying serial organization takes the work is somewhat unexpected directions. But its overall tonal character keeps the work grounded, making it sound exotic, rather than beyond the ken.<br /> <br /> Perle's String Quartet 8 is more decided atonal in sound, although not entirely so. Perle creates an expressive work with a highly charged emotional atmosphere. Molto Adagio the earliest work on the album (1938), like String Quartet No. 8, seems very much influenced by Schoenberg's Verkl&auml;rte Nacht. The dissonances are a little sharper in this work, though, giving it a harder edge than the eighth quartet. <br /> <br /> The Daedalus Quartet performs these works in a straight-forward, no-nonsense fashion. Vibrato is tightly reigned in, and the ensemble has a clean, precise, transparent sound that admirably serves these works." Report Abuse
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