Unruly 3: Once in a while, a concert amazes, defies description and sticks in the mind for years. The Spektral Quartet, in residence at the University of Chicago, played such a concert Saturday night to close the autumn edition of the Unruly Music Festival at Marcus Center Vogel Hall.
George Crumb’s Black Angels was the draw for me. Completed on the auspicious date of Friday, March 13, 1970 at the height of the Vietnam War, Black Angels remains fresh, audacious and spellbinding over 42 years after. Crumb’s scores from this time are arguably some of the most original works of the 20th century. Crumb immersed the audience in exotic, even otherworldly landscapes, via his compositional alchemy. The Spektral Quartet delivered a jaw-dropping performance of this seminal work. People who call themselves serious lovers of music should perform extended penance for missing this.
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