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John ZornThe String Quartets

Tracklist

Cat O'nine Tails (1988)13:44
The Dead Man (1990) 13 Specimen For String Quartet(12:29)
Variations1:04
Sonatas0:41
Manifesto0:49
Fanfare0:56
Meditation0:53
Rondo0:48
Romance0:30
Blossoms1:07
Fantasy0:52
Folio1:15
Nocturne1:38
Etude0:40
Prelude1:08
Memento Mori (1992) (Ignotium Per Ignotius - The Unknown By Way Of The More Unknown)28:57
Kol Nidre (1996)8:22

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    Cover of The String Quartets, 1999, CDThe String Quartets
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    Not On Label (John Zorn) – JPCD 2000205RussiaRussia
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    • poneromusikologist's avatar
      Edited 9 years ago
      Zorn's String Quartet's are whimsical, insolent, quotational, and even snarky, among his best work (I thought his parachute box, which shares many of these adjectivs, was a naked conceit and judging from the demand for my work I am an expert on that). Unlike Sharp's impressively unpleasant Quartets, which I would suggest are nonidiomatic, these exercises in extended technique seem committed to being panidiomatic without suffering from the perceived insincerity which i find unignorable in Naked City, as a dyed-in-the-wool Noise Core know-it-all.
      Here, the same Starkly modern severity --that should and does scare away the less intrepid before they get thru the door-- seems to complement the thorny habitat of the 20th-century string quartet like a psychedelic palm tree unfurling itself seductively.
      The writing is fun.

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