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VARIATIONS
KREUTZER QUARTET

Two major works for string quartet which both present structured, yet "polystylistic" forms- attuned to the modern ear, which is used to hearing "sound bites" - and what Schwartz calls "collage-oriented".  It is rare to find music written with so much emphasis on the listener.

CD DURATION:  63:05

AUDIO SAMPLE: Bellagio Variation no. 2  




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tracks:

Elliott Schwartz:
Bellagio Variations
George Rochberg:
String Quartet no. 3

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“George Rochberg's Third Quartet from 1972 is a masterpiece that rejects serial modernism, going beyond quotation in a revival of the styles of Mahler and Beethoven. The Quartet is no postmodern pastiche either… powerful advocacy from The Kreutzer Quartet.” - Andy Hamilton (The Wire)
“George Rochberg's String Quartet no. 3 is one of the great essays in this medium of the latter half of the 20th century. How wonderful to hear the Kreutzer Quartet perform this influential work. Schwartz [in the Variations] twists all the knobs, from spiky to sentimental, to keep the listener engaged throughout. This is a keeper album.” - Mark Alburger (21st Century Music)
“The members of the Kreutzer Quartet handle [the challenges of the Schwartz] with breathtaking sensitivity. In the Kreutzer's hands the Bellagio Variations receive a wonderfully nuanced performance, by turns (and sometimes all at once) taut, luxurious, witty and ferocious, entirely befitting the wilfully disorienting, dream-like nature of the music.” - Tom Myron (Brunswick Times)