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Górecki: String Quartet No. 1 / Lerchenmusik Digital MP3 Album
Kronos Quartet performs Górecki's first string quartet, Already It Is Dusk, paired with London Sinfonietta soloists' performance of his 1984 work for clarinet, cello, and piano, Lerchenmusik. The first is ""a 14-minute gem,"" says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ""While one can only imagine that Górecki's music comes from the heart, there is no question that it goes to the heart—and to the gut—of those who hear it."" In both pieces, ""it is the music's directness, not its subtlety, that makes it so winning.""