Elliott Carter Turns 100

Cheerful, uncompromising modernist Elliott Carter just turned 100. A piece on the festival concert from the NY Times here. His string quartets are not for the squeamish, but they have a sort of rough-hewn vitality that's always appealed to me. I've heard good things about the new Naxos recordings of them. Europe likes its avant-gardists unapologetic, so Carter's got a big following in Europe. An outstanding 100th-birthday portrait from Die Zeit here (g). The New York Times interviews him here, and Frank J. Oteri of New Music Box interviews him here:

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