Peter Garland- composer
Gordon Mackay and Hilary Sturt-
Bridget Carey- viola
Anton Lukoszevieze- cello
“String Quartet 1”: Kyle Gann is right when he says
Garland’s music never quite resolves. But then if you hear how elegant
and dignified it is, you’d see why it has to hang in the air. Plainly
American yet shot through with Far Eastern stateliness and a meditative
character. This description brings Lou Harrison to mind, but Garland is
happily independent. The piece is beautifully stoical.
The “String Quartet 2” is a modernist lullaby,
yearning for something but never grasping it. It would perfectly
accompany staring out the window at rain. It’s not humdrum, however, and
it’s clearly endearing.
Garland is someone worth paying attention to. This
cd has made me emotionally richer.