Classical album by Composer: Anton Webern and Performer: Emerson String Quartet
Opening with the longest single movement Anton Webern ever composed, this collection of his nine works for string quartet and trio covers his entire career. For starters, it bears reminding that the first, longest movement he wrote encompasses a mere … see full wiki
... but you MUST listen with rapt attention, possibly with your eyes closed and preferably to only one composition in a sitting, in order to hear the musical ideas, let alone the basically Romantic sensibilities, in the string quartet works of Anton Webern (1883-1945). Webern's whole musical biography is told on this CD. The first track - "Slow Movement for String Quartet" - identifies his birthplace in 19th C German Romaticism; without Brahms, there would be no Webern, or … more
Few things excite me like modernist chamber music, but Webern's works for string quartet have never really grabbed me. How disappointing! Or so I thought. Today I spent several hours listening through these pieces chronologically. Now it all makes sense: The longer pieces, all the earliest Webern wrote (the slow movement, the string quartet, and the rondo), are pleasant and unambitious. They all carry with them the influence of Webern's teacher, Arnold Schoenberg. These early pieces lack much in … more
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