PETER LIEBERSON (b.1946): Tashi Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano, ROGER REYNOLDS (b.1934): Shadowed Narrative for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 08M083
Label: New Focus Recordings
Description: These works from the late 1970s were both written for the clarinet-piano-quartet group Tashi, and embody that group's emphasis on virtuoso solo performance in a tightly knit group context. Lieberson's five-movement work is dodecaphonic, but represents a shift toward a more tonal harmonic richness in the composer's output. This is evident in the elegant second movement, an intermezzo, and the fourth, the piece's introspective slow movement, also designated intermezzo. The outer movements and lively scherzo are also based on the same note-row, but all have a completely different character, testimony to the expressive diversity possible within the 12-tone system. Reynolds' work is a stream of narrative for four voices, overlapping and shadowing one another, inspired by, derived from and paying homage to the complex and disconcertingly fluid narrative style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novels, with its hallucinatory shifts in perspective and point of view as ideas and images flow over and around each other in the presentation and development of a thought or idea. Antares.