Music and Vision homepage READ Andrew Schartmann's Musical Tidbits

 

CD Spotlight

OUT OF NEGLECT

-------------------------------

'... I find them tremendously exciting.'

Roberto Gerhard's quartets -
with PETER LUNDIN

 

Roberto Gerhard - String Quartets 1 and 2. Copyright (c) 1999 Metier Sound & Vision

As a reviewer I must confess to being part of the neglect surrounding Roberto Gerhard's music. Prior to listening to this disc of the two string quartets I had only heard one of his works, the ballet Don Quixote and it left no impression. I was thus a blank page for these quartets, and I find them tremendously exciting. This impression has remained. The first quartet (1950-55) shows the influences on a young composer: Schoenberg in the first movement [listen - track 1, 0:00 - 1:00] as well as the Bartokian dancing pizzicati [listen - track 4, 3:45 - 4:30]. Both are striking. The homage to Schoenberg is obvious, for Gerhard studied with him during the Berlin years (1923-28), and had a craftsman's knowledge in using the constructive techniques Schoenbergians left to the musical world. Gerhard pieces together his chosen elements, whether they be rhythmic, 12 note series or hexachords, in a way that always reveals a propulsive purpose. To me this first quartet harvests European quartet writing up to the fifties; and if you listen carefully you might discern where the quartet is heading.

Continue >>

Copyright © 19 August 2000 Peter Lundin, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

-------

CD INFORMATION - METIER MSV CD92032

PURCHASE THIS DISC FROM CROTCHET

 

 << Music & Vision home           Harp music >>

Download realplayer G2 

To listen to the aural illustrations in this review,
you may need to download RealNetworks' realplayer G2.