Composer: Hans Abrahamsen (b. 1952)
Performance date: 27/06/2014
Venue: Bantry House
Composition Year: 1973
Recording Engineer: Richard McCullough, RTE
Instrumentation: 2vn, va, vc
Instrumentation Category:String Quartet
Danish Quartet (Frederik Øland, Rune Sorensen [violins], Asbjørn Nørgaard [viola], Fredrik Sjölin [cello]) -
In all their briefness these ten “short-stories” for string quartet contain almost all that can be desired of musical expressions within the relatively short period of 20 minutes. Violence is expressed as joy, simplicity as necessity, contrasts as form. The eruptive side of the music is not sharply segregated from the simple, harmoniously melodious side.
Each of the “short stories” point forward to the next and at the same time back to its predecessor and thus makes for a composed overall-structure. That the last of the preludes is a straight Baroque-pastiche could be interpreted as an almost Holbergian moral where things are sorted out and loose ends tied. Like in the fairy-tales one could say, There, this was a true story.
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