WUORINEN, CHARLES Scherzo, First String Quartet, Viola Variations, Second Piano Quintet. Peter Serkin, Lois Martin, Brentano String Quartet. Naxos

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Wuorinen Charles Scherzo First String Martin Brentano String Quartet Naxos

CHARLES WUORINEN (b. 1938)

Chamber Music

Scherzo (2007)*

First String Quartet (1971)

Viola Variations (2008)*

Second Piano Quintet (2008)*

*WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

Peter Serkin - Piano (6-10)

Lois Martin - Viola (2-5)

Brentano String Quartet (6-10)

Curtis Macomber - Violin (2-4)

Jesse Mills - Violin (2-4)

Fred Sherry - Cello (2-4)

Charles Wuorinen’s staggeringly prolific output has been remarkably consistent yet tremendously varied. This disc presents the first commercial recordings of three recent pieces, together with the First String Quartet, a watershed work in the composer’s career. Wuorinen’s personal musical language is unabashedly modernist yet imbued with a love of early polyphony, and makes virtuosic demands on the performers. This spritely, sometimes elusive, often ‘maximalist’ music invites multiple interpretations and hearings to reveal the riches deep beneath its sparkling, ever-shifting surface.

Naxos 8559694

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