BRUCE WOLOSOFF (b.1955): Songs without Words (18 Divertimenti for String Quartet).
Catalogue Number: 01M083
Description: These hugely appealing pieces arose from an unlikely-sounding commission for music for string quartet based on rock or jazz but in the composer's 'own voice'. Drawing on a background that encompassed both classical and non-classical performance, the composer based the pieces on his improvised responses to a wide range of styles, from blues, ragtime and boogie-woogie to classic rock 'n roll. Some are intentionally comical, some take the form of haunting, lyrical ballads, and all are beautifully constructed toe-tapping musical entertainments that are a pleasure to listen to. Carpe Diem String Quartet.