ELLIOTT CARTER (b.1908): String Quartets Nos. 2-4.
Catalogue Number: 03K073
Description: The Third of 1971 - in which the four players pair off in duos, playing contrasting material of bewildering complexity of co-ordination - is one of Carter's most 'difficult' scores, not least for the performers, but what is striking even here is the passionate eloquence which is never far from the forefront of the musical argument even as the level of activity and comlexity of ensemble reach almost unprecedented levels. The quartets on either side of it conform more obviously to conventional models; the earlier conversational and relatively genial (though not without its abrupt changes of mood and unpredictable dramatic elements), and the later one of the composer's most refined and dialectically intense scores. Pacifica Quartet.