1. Con dolore 2:59
2. Risoluto 3:50
3. Con dolore 3:00
4. Con precisione 1:57
5. Con dolore 1:55
AULIS SALLINEN: STRING QUARTET NO. 3
6. Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March 14:05
PHILIP GLASS: COMPANY
7. I 2:22
8. II 1:34
9. III 1:48
10. IV 2:09
CONLON NANCARROW: STRING QUARTET
11. Allegro molto 2:23
12. Andante moderato 3:29
13. Prestissimo 5:15
14. Purple Haze (Arranged by Steve Riffkin)
Philip Glass writes nothing dissonant. Company seems not so much modern as neo-romantic; its drenching melancholy makes it a prime example of his current, often overtly emotional style. But his compositional method is still extraordinarily pure. The piece consists of transformations of a single phrase; the transformations begin right at the start. We hear very little -and in the first and last movements none at all— of the rhetoric we’d expect in less minimal music: introductions, say, or transitions, or the stretches of comparative relaxation that in a rigorous older form like a fugue would be called “episodes”. The four movements of this piece began as incidental music for a 1983 production of Samuel Beckett’s play Company (hence the title of the piece) by the New York experimental theater group Mabou Mines. As a unified composition they fit together remarkably well, and almost in traditional ways: the third movement, for instance, functions just as a slow movement might in Mahler or Beethoven, and the fourth is hard not to hear as a finale.
— Gregory Sandow
Produced by Thomas Frost. Recorded June 1985 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYC. Engineer: John Newton. Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers. Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig. Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz.
Cover Photograph: Jan Staller. Art Direction and Design: Carin Goldberg.
Company Published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. New York (ASCAP). © 1986 Nonesuch Records.