Works For String Quartet

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The Vogler Quartet writes: “During the musical season of 2014/15, the Vogler Quartet celebrated its 30th anniversary. To keep a reminder of this event for you and ourselves, we recorded live our four concerts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and compiled selected compositions thereof for a special release… We decided to present only works composed during the 20th or 21st century. It is common to all these compositions that they strive for beauty, and that they reach it. For example, there is, at the end of Henze's third quartet, a slight, sad reminiscence of Beethoven's 'Muss es sein?' from his last quartet op. 135… This third quartet, an unsuccessful work of Henze, shows a deeply broken, romantic spirit that may not be directly accessible because of its artistic encryption, but nonetheless reveals deep beauty. We could work out Kagel's 5th quartet just before its world premiere with the composer himself…The search for the path; at the beginning of the 20th century, before the radical change brought about by the 12-tone music, the urgency of the quest for new musical idioms was clearly perceptible, and it is in this sense that we understand Ravel's quartet. The use of far-east and Basque motives in a nearly expressionistic manner, woven into crystalline but nevertheless very touching beauty, can appear very present-day, if one decides for this view. Kurt Weill's quartet op.8 uses quite another idiomatic modus, it reminds us already of his later song-style, but it also fits well in the time of its origin, the twenties… Jörg Widmann's 4th quartet was finalized not until the night before its world premiere. Over the two weeks before, we daily received a new page of the score by fax. We assembled the final version of the quartet's score on the very day of the concert on the train from Berlin to Essen...”

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