Music of Fred Lerdahl, Vol. 3
This is the first recording of Fred Lerdahl's complete cycle of three string quartets, which he wrote between 1978 and 2008. Lerdahl writes: "The First Quartet takes the form of 15 geometrically expanding variations...Its sequel, the Second Quartet, continues the expansion with two more variations of nine and 13 minutes. The Third Quartet constitutes in its entirety a last expanded variation. At the same time, it interposes reminiscences from the two earlier quartets." Lerdahl's quartets were composed for three leading American quartets - the Juilliard, Pro Arte and Daedalus. The Daedalus's virtuosic complete traversal of the cycle (lasting more than an hour) marks an important event in American chamber music. Fred Lerdahl's music can also be heard on BRIDGE 9191 and BRIDGE 9269.
“This release is clearly going to be an important addition to the canon of contemporary American chamber music. If words like intensity, difficulty, and complexity are inclined to put you off, do not let them, because Lerdahl’s music here simply grabs you and takes you along for the ride. The trip is stimulating and unpredictable.” - Fanfare
“This is a fascinating disc but not one you can expect to listen to strictly for pleasure. Lerdahl’s music makes you think as you follow him. Sit up and take notice.” - The Art Music Lounge
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