VINCENT PERSICHETTI (1915-1987): String Quartets No. 1, Op. 7, No. 2, Op. 24, No. 3, Op. 81 & No. 4 "Parable X", Op. 122.

Catalogue Number: 05I075

Label: Centaur

Reference: CRC 2833

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Diamond, Porter and now Persichetti: no collector of 20th century string quartets will want to be without this cycle. The first two are in standard discrete movement form (1939 and 1944) while the later ones (1959 and 1972) are both longer overall and in single-movement, multi-section form. Present throughout is the composer's wide range of expression ("gritty" to "graceful" as he put it himself), interest in counterpoint (fugue and/or canon appear in all), and will to both communicate with and challenge his listeners (the Third contains both a 12-tone row and elements of bebop and big-band syncopation). Lydian String Quartet.

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