“Condensation of Chromium Culture” (2008-2013) for 4 String Quartets and "Treated Piano"
Bil Smith Composer
A Reclamation of Horatiu Radulescu’s String Quartet Number Four
Premiere at Washington Square Park, New York, NY. June 17, 2013 (5:27 – Five Hours, Twenty Seven Minutes)
This 'Reclamation' of Horatiu Radulescu’s iconic String Quartet Number Four was enabled by a commission from Credit Suisse Group.
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“Smith’s departure from a severer mission—his ignoring of the rules and taboos of the avant-garde game, principally the rule about being of one’s time, and the taboo against the comely, the breathtakingly gorgeous, the almost painfully exquisite.”
- Bill Meyer, Critic for The Wire
“The material substance of Radulescu’s work, does not change – it adapts and refocuses while maintaining its sole identity. The First Quartet often traces a line distinct from the clustered collusion of the other Quartets though it remains on the same plane denying the implication foreground and background.”
- Dave Caswell, Music Critic, Independent, Detroit Free Press