New Kronos Quartet, Gorecki String Quartet

March 24, 2007 at 2:09 am Leave a comment

I know I should be writing about Mark Seltzer, but I have to mention the amazing new Kronos Quartet album, Henryk Gorecki‘s “String Quartet No.3.”: “…songs are sung”.

Somewhere in the liner notes it describes the album as “restless.” To me it sounds anxious and beautiful, each minimal resolution the tincture of a growing malaise. Only to subside, as it will, in a dark forboding. Whose resolution–well, just listen to it.

I don’t know if there is another modern composer as important (to me) as Gorecki. His dissonant harmonics prove a shallow grave, sincere comfort to a world without end.

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