By Edith Eisler
During this number of in-depth interviews, ultra-modern best performers get to the guts of 1 of the main cherished types of classical track: the string quartet. Representing either younger teams and longstanding favorites, all of them have insights into the fun and hardships of expressing themselves as a part of a tight-knit ensemble. How they perform, how they arrive to consensus, their functionality secrets and techniques and anxieties, what strikes and evokes them - all this and extra involves lifestyles during this sequence of unveiling interviews with participant and constitution Strings journal contributor Edith Eisler.
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It’s wonderfully crafted music, very expressive, very original. I think that he would have been a major late–20th-century composer if he had lived longer. ] But the quartet is a tough piece to program and take on tour, because the second half is in scordatura: each of us tunes two nonadjacent strings either up or down a semitone. So after you finish, the instruments keep going out of tune for the first 20 minutes of the next piece. But Adam was after a special effect: he wanted to have a tone-row—all the semitones—on the open strings.
I find it very gratifying, and it’s beautifully written for the cello. ” The 1991–92 concert series was notable not only for the scope of its programming, which ranged from Mozart to Schoenberg, and the admirable technical, musical, and expressive quality of the performances, but for introducing New York audiences to a remarkable set of instruments. “We’ve had the great good fortune to be loaned, from time to time, four Stradivaris which belong to Dr. Herbert Axelrod, the famous ichthyologist [fish expert],” says Avshalomov.
In this 1997 interview, the group discusses its then-current project of performing and recording the complete Beethoven quartets. Now, in 1999–2000, it is performing the complete Shostakovich quartets and has just released a new CD set of the works, having recorded them live at Aspen. Beethoven to Bartók “I still remember the first tour I did with [the group],” says Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet. “We started in Corpus Christi, Texas, went on to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Mobile, Alabama—all little places.
21st-Century String Quartets, Vol. 1 by Edith Eisler