MARIO LAVISTA (b.1943): Complete String Quartets - No. 1 "Diacronía", No. 2 "Reflejos de la noche", No. 3 "Música para mi vecino", No. 4 "Sinfonías", No. 5 "7 invenciones" and No. 6 "Suite en 5 partes".
Catalogue Number: 08N091
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0106
Description: Lavista's interest in exploring extended playing techniques will alone, perhaps, scare most collectors away but the somewhat adventurous contemporary collector will find in these quartets, each completely unlike any of the others and written in 1969, 1984 and then, after another gap, from 1995-1999, a powerful sense of atmosphere and color (the second quartet, "night music" literally, is played entirely on harmonics). Whether exploring indeterminacy, new approaches to medieval and Renaissance contrapuntal techniques or a deep, religious spirituality, these are intriguing and fascinating works which should, upon repeated hearings (they range from 16 to 8 minutes in length) repay the serious listener many times over. Cuarteto Latinoamericano.