The “powerfully adept” (San Francisco Chronicle) Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) releases its debut album, Into the Light, on Centaur Records on September 7, 2018. The album features three kaleidoscopic and kinetic modern string quartets from the 20th century – Leon Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 (1949); Anton Webern’s Webern’s Fünf Sätze (Five Movements), Op. 5 (1909); and Benjamin Britten’s Three Divertimenti (1936).
The Telegraph Quartet chose to record these three brief string quartets for its debut album because each quartet represents a new and vivid musical vocabulary for its time.
“The distinct languages of these pieces lead the listener into imaginary landscapes full of intensity and exoticism,” the Quartet states. “These landscapes are certainly not fallow ground – there have been other musicians blazing these trails before we came along – but we love the idea of bringing this music further into the light, bringing them out of the shadows of the more often celebrated, albeit totally justified, string quartet favorites. Presenting works that may open up a new musical world to our audiences has always been important to us. We hope listeners enjoy exploring the extremes of variety that these great works have to offer.”
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