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Shostakovich & Schubert: An Odd Coupling?

Two string quartet concerts at Zankel Hall in October: the Belcea Quartet and the Danish String Quartet.

Shostakovich & Schubert: An Odd Coupling?

Two string quartet concerts at Zankel Hall in October: the Belcea Quartet and the Danish String Quartet.

Used Bin Troll Tweets T.

A lonely story lurks within 12 sections, perhaps Sephardic, Moravian or older, with nods to jazz, Gertrude Stein and Joaquín Rodrigo.

Used Bin Troll Tweets T.

A lonely story lurks within 12 sections, perhaps Sephardic, Moravian or older, with nods to jazz, Gertrude Stein and Joaquín Rodrigo.

Of Crags and Fissures

As forewarned on his 75th birthday, here is a brief glimpse into the recorded output of Emmanuel Nunes (1941-2012), an exile from Portugal whose mature career was spent between France and Germany.

Of Crags and Fissures

As forewarned on his 75th birthday, here is a brief glimpse into the recorded output of Emmanuel Nunes (1941-2012), an exile from Portugal whose mature career was spent between France and Germany.

String Theory 21: Mostly Viola(s)

Royer is an inspired Scelsi performer. He plays as if improvising, easing into Scelsi’s languid microtones with grace notes flicked away like involuntary twitches.

String Theory 21: Mostly Viola(s)

Royer is an inspired Scelsi performer. He plays as if improvising, easing into Scelsi’s languid microtones with grace notes flicked away like involuntary twitches.

Piano Factory 17.

Craven provides only pitches and permits repetitions, octave displacement, variable dynamics, etc.

Piano Factory 17.

Craven provides only pitches and permits repetitions, octave displacement, variable dynamics, etc.

String Theory 20: Mostly Violin (with Piano Accompaniment)

With coarse harmonies and a rhythmic engine requiring a few cranks before it hums, the two-movement Sonata emerges brooding and severe, wonderfully modern and unfamiliar.

String Theory 20: Mostly Violin (with Piano Accompaniment)

With coarse harmonies and a rhythmic engine requiring a few cranks before it hums, the two-movement Sonata emerges brooding and severe, wonderfully modern and unfamiliar.

Used Bin Troll Tweets S.

A group wedding that ends badly for all. Salieri’s early French success stems from Gluck’s influence.

Used Bin Troll Tweets S.

A group wedding that ends badly for all. Salieri’s early French success stems from Gluck’s influence.

N & D & N

Nunes would have turned 75 on 31 August; Dusapin had a rare outing in the orchestral season of an American orchestra in May; Nemescu writes music at once conceptual and visceral, one defying words.

N & D & N

Nunes would have turned 75 on 31 August; Dusapin had a rare outing in the orchestral season of an American orchestra in May; Nemescu writes music at once conceptual and visceral, one defying words.

Used Bin Troll Tweets R.

Classical Spohr penned the first Nonet, light and lively, although Romantic Onslow’s has grandeur.

Used Bin Troll Tweets R.

Classical Spohr penned the first Nonet, light and lively, although Romantic Onslow’s has grandeur.

String Theory 19: Mostly Cello

Pieces requiring retuning or scordatura have a modest foothold in the literature. It is very unusual to encounter works where strings are adjusted while playing, but several specimens fill out Ballon’s bold recital.

String Theory 19: Mostly Cello

Pieces requiring retuning or scordatura have a modest foothold in the literature. It is very unusual to encounter works where strings are adjusted while playing, but several specimens fill out Ballon’s bold recital.