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Goldenthal

Magazine article Gramophone

Goldenthal

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Goldenthal Double Bass Sonata (a) 3. Brass Quintet No 2 (b). Three Pieces for Solo Plano (c). String Quartet No 1, The Stone Cutters' (d) (d) Tom Chiu, (d) Conrad Harris vns (d) Liuh-Wen Ting va (d) Mariel Roberts VC (a)Tim Cobb db (a) Stephen Gosling, (c) Geila Perach pfs (b) Extension Ensemble Zarathustra (F) 00-2 (39' x DDD) (c) Recorded live 1974

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Elliot Goldenthal pits his astringent new String Quartet No 1, The Stone Cutters, published in 2013, against three works from his days in the mid-1970s working with John Corigliano and Aaron Copland. Inspired by Robinson Jeffers's 1938 poem about 'foredefeated challengers of oblivion' and other victims of creative torment, Goldenthal's new 13-minute work was originally scored for soprano and quartet.

It has moments of Bartokian abandon and could not have been written without late Beethoven and the serialists, but the experience is no less memorable for that, especially as played with a stratospheric sense of spiritual ecstasy by Tom Chiu, Conrad Harris, Liuh-Wen Ting and Mariel Roberts. …

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