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'Declamatory Counterpoint': Beethoven String Quartet No 13

Magazine article Gramophone

'Declamatory Counterpoint': Beethoven String Quartet No 13

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'Declamatory Counterpoint'

Beethoven String Quartet No 13, Op 130-Cavatina (a) Eliasson In medias Hamel Ulisono (a) Mozart String Quartet No 19, 'Dissonance', K465 --1st movt (a) Part Orient and Occident (a) Schwarz-Schilling Symphony for Strings Symphonia Momentum / Christoph Schluren Aldi La [F] ARCD004 (79' * DDD)

(a) Recorded live

Easy to respect but not so easy to hear, the newly formed chamber orchestra Symphonia Momentum shows its commitment to little-known repertoire by filling its first disc with challenging music of obvious personal significance for director Christoph Schluren. But much of it may seem obscure (even resistible) to the rest of us. The rediscovery of Reinhold Schwarz-Schilling (1904-85) definitely benefits from this recording of the Symphony for Strings--but mainly to send listeners hunting for the 1932 String Quartet in F minor from which it's transcribed. The piece doesn't always make the most of its deeply felt thematic material--imagine a depressive Hindemith--and has extreme registers that a string quartet might accomplish with less audible strain than the 20-piece orchestra. Also, the string orchestra medium imposes a uniformity of sound that takes away from the light-and-shade potential that is sorely needed in such wintry, closely argued music. …

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