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String Quartet (Kronos Quartet) CD

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  • Orchestra: Kronos Quartet
  • Composer: Witold Lutoslawski
  • Audio CD (15 April 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J0N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I'm a passionate fan of Lutoslawski's late music, where memorably in for example the third symphony he harnesses the capabilities of aleatoric music to vibrant and dynamic effect. This, his only String Quartet, is from quite a bit earlier (1964, when the composer was 51). It deploys what are intended as controlled freedoms for the players, who are given clear enough lines but so much freedom as to time, each independently of the other although always within specified brackets, that it's very questionable whether the outcome even has the capability to communicate effectively.

The catalogue nonetheless enjoys half a dozen versions of this work. I have only two of them, so I can't give you a full perspective on the range of interpretations on offer. The Kronos throw themselves into their performance with real dynamism but to my ears they don't succeed unequivocally in drawing the piece together as a coherent whole. The sleeve note closes "Abstract music's greatest power is its ability to communicate beyond metaphor, Lutoslawski's meaningful abstraction becoming an eloquent expression of the inexpressible" which (aside from being an obvious contradiction in terms) gives you an idea how close this endeavour is to conceptual chaos.

Yet there's undeniably something here. I suspect the only way to really get at the essence of the piece is to buy the score, sort out the lines on the piano and then wrap oneself away with four or five recorded versions for three or four days until the core (which I think quite probably is genuinely there to find) sings its way through.
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