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Posted January 26, 2011
Back in the '90s, a wonderful series of CDs had been released, focusing on composers whose music was suppressed by the Third Reich. On of the first releases in the series was a disc of string quartets by Pavel Haas and Hans Krasa, performed by Hawthorne String Quartet (now, sadly, out of print). American composer David L. Post has the benefit of this same group recording his string quartets no. 2, 3 and 4, and his piece "Fantasia on a Virtual Choral". The Hawthornes are ideal for these works; they performed the second quartet at a benefit concert in Terezin in 2002, and the Fantasia was commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation. Post's fourth quartet, 'Three Photographs of Abelardo Morell (2005), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Post could not have asked for a better advocate for these tonal, dramatic works. Listenable, yet still challenging.
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