CORIGLIANO: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Black November Turkey
Released: May 2007
Here are two fine quartets by the American composer John Corigliano. With simple melodies and strummed chords, the quartet "Snapshot: Circa 1909" (the cover shot) pays homage to his famous violinist father as an inspired youthful amateur. The Bartok-inspired "Farewell" quartet, No. 1, bid adieu to the famous Cleveland Quartet and includes a severe, brilliant fugue in part IV. The satirical barnyard allegory of "A Black November Turkey" began as an a capella choral work based on a Richard Wilbur poemand was arranged for quartet in 2003. Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 2 is included as homage to his old teacher — Corigliano, naturally.