Images from the Dark Land: An experimental take on tradition

by Michael Barone, Minnesota Public Radio
October 12, 2011
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St. Paul, Minn. — It's not Classical in its structure, not Romantic in the usual sense, nor is it impressionistic with a perfumed sweetness. However, in 1970 George Crumb continued the legacy of the seasoned, intimate musical repertoire of the string quartet with his experimental work, Black Angels... Thirteen Images from the Dark Land. His revolutionary and sometimes uncanny compositional techniques and prized originality offer a new perspective on this age old genre. This past April (2011), the Miro String Quartet gave a performance of George Crumb's Black Angels for the Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud at Calvary Community Church. Black Angels is breathtaking, aggressive, subtle and contemplative! Enjoy an introduction to the piece in this special feature produced by Samuel Kjellberg and Michael Barone.

This special feature is in celebration of the season opener for the Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud. Please join us this Saturday October 15th (7:30pm) at Atonement Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud for a concert given by the world-renown St. Lawrence String Quartet.

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