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Charles Wuorinen: String Sextet; Piano Quintet; Divertimento ()

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composed by Charles Wuorinen

In the note on the back of this CD, the musical career of Charles Wuorinen is compared to those of Beethoven and Brahms, but the justification for this curious idea may not be apparent to most listeners, since the music of these composers is quite dissimilar. Even though Wuorinen's models are familiar forms -- divertimento, string quartet, piano quintet, string sextet -- and his choice of instruments is conventional, his music nevertheless is modernist and uncompromising in its angular lines, dissonant chords, asymmetrical ...

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