- Kronos Quartet:
- David Harrington: violin.
- John Sherba: violin.
- Hank Dutt: viola.
- Joan Jeanrenaud: cello.
- Produced by Thomas Frost.
- Recorded June 1985 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and
- Letters, NYC.
- Engineer: John Newton.
- Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers.
- Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig.
- Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz.
- Elektra Nonesuch 979111-2
- 1-5. Peter Sculthorpe "String Quartet No. 8" (13:41)
- 6. Aulis Sallinen "String Quartet No. 3" (14:05)
- 7-10. Philip Glass "Company" (7:53)
- 11-13. Conlon Nancarrow "String Quartet" (11:07)
- 14. Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" (3:00)
'Company' seems not so much modern as neo-romantic; its drenching melancholy makes it a prime example of his current, often overtly emotional style. But his compositional method is still extraordinarily pure. The piece consists the start. We hear very little --and in the first and last movements none at all -- of the rhetoric we'd expect in less minimal music: introductions, say, or transitions, or the stretches of comparative relaxation that in a rigorous older form like a fugue would be called "episodes". The four movements of this piece began as incidental music for a 1983 production of Samuel Beckett's play 'Company' (hence the title of the piece) by the New York experimental theater group Mabou Mines. As a unified composition they fit together remarkably well, and almost in traditional ways: the third movement, for instance, functions just as a slow movement might in Mahler or Beethoven, and the fourth is hard not to hear as a finale.
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