CAGE, JOHN - The Arditti Quartet: Complete String Quartets Vol. 2

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This is one John Cage CD to own. The main work 'String Quartet in Four Parts', is an early pre-chance composition (it was completed in 1950). Admirably clear and simple, it is harmonically based (though these are floating, non sequential harmonies), and it sounds exquisite - in part because played entirely without vibrato, bringing it close in sonority and affect to early consort of viols music. It floats without droning and, because it is so unexpressed by its players, becomes profoundly expressive through the beauty and openness of the composition.

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