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By the seventh variation some of the references have been expanded and
there's more information than before but the listener's associations are
still being attractively exploited. That Vaughan Williams connection seems
to remain and there's even some hymn-book harmony [listen
-- track 8, 0:00-1:03].
The last variation is the longest and for some four minutes seems to
be summing things up. Here's a curious passage where a violin throws a tantrum
and the other players react [listen -- track 9, 1:49-2:41].
Towards the end things go quiet and the Bellagio Variations return
spookily to some of the unanswered questions of earlier parts of the work.
Again there's no doubt of the complete dedication of the players in the
Kreutzer Quartet who understand the idiom completely. The CD is decently
To explore this fascinating composer further see two all-Schwartz CDs
-- Equinox on New World Records 8-52-2, which I reviewed here
two years ago, and Dream Music, chamber works of Elliott Schwartz
on Capstone CPS 8633.
Copyright © 18 August 2002
Peter Dickinson, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK
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Variations : Schwartz, Rochberg quartets
MSV CD92051 DDD Stereo 63'05" 2000 Metier Sound & Vision
The Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skærved, Gordon MacKay, Bridget Carey, Neil Heyde)
Elliott Schwartz: Bellagio Variations; George Rochberg: String Quartet No 3