CARL VINE (b.1954): String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5, Deco Knips and Knips del Fuego from Knips Suite.
Catalogue Number: 05P086
Label: ABC Classics
Reference: 476 5168
Description: These fine, readily approachable works in Vine's characteristic extended view of tonality, chart a distinct progression in the composer's idiom. The Knips suite was his first work for quartet, and was written for dance, the field in which Vine first came to prominence. A rather humorous tango is followed by a vigorous, rhythmic finale. The Second is a clear successor to this, with an extended middle section over an ostinato, and the whole piece is dominated by interlocking metrical relationships which suggest movement. Ten years later, the Third makes even more varied use of the ensemble, and generates its own musical and dramatic argument, a trend that continues in the conflicts and ambiguous resolutions of the powerfully discursive narrative of the Fourth. Ostinato is a frequent trademark, and the Fourth makes effective use of the contrast between different pulses as a complement to the work's irresistible harmonic motion. The largest work, the Fifth, is in six linked sections, and firmly hints at a complex narrative, with the most varied and textures and chromatic ambiguity to the harmony of any of these works. Goldner String Quartet.