Helmut Zapf - String Quartets
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Cat No: WER73482
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2017
WorksSound (String Quartet no.2)
String Quartet no.1
String Quartet no.3
Verschwommene Rander: 9 Bagatellen (String Quartet no.4)
Helmut Zapf’s three string quartets perfectly illustrate the stages of such a confrontation. They have appeared throughout his entire career as a composer, and can be understood as markers for different periods in his compositional output.
In Zapf’s first string quartet, elements of an individual musical rhetoric survive and are clearly perceived as such. However, the context – the 'rational conversation' – is now present in only a rudimentary fashion.
The second string quartet is a logical continuation of the path already established by Zapf: the last remnants of rhetoric and conversational discourse are dispensed with. The four instruments do not act individually, but are treated as a single organism.
The third string quartet has been written for the Sonar group. This composition takes up the experiences of the previous pieces and at the same time tries to connect with the tradition: a reconnection from a great and skeptical distance.
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