Dorian Sono Luminus: DSL92157

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Release date:

30th July 2012




72 minutes


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Irish Roots Medley

Bonus Track


Cool (from West Side Story)


Rodeo: Hoe down


String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'


Preludes (3)

Glass, P:

String Quartet No. 3 'Mishima'


Bill Monroe Medley

Modern Mandolin Quartet

CD - 2 discs


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Sono Luminus presents this uniquely engaging collection of music that embodies the American spirit in Americana, the latest release by Modern Mandolin Quartet. The package will be a 2-disc set, containing a Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

Expressing their opinion on their choices of musical selections for this album, the quartet writes, “This music attracted us because of the wonderful way it sounds on our instruments, particularly the Dvorák. Since the musical character of the pieces is based on various forms of American music, it lends itself extremely well to the mandolin. While many selections for piano and string music rely on idioms and techniques that may not transpose well to the mandolin, the pieces included on this disc were chosen for their vitality and the way they jumped right off the page.”

Fanfare Magazine exclaims, “MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on, and packed with freshness and vitality of a kind that is rare in material of this type. These are not down-scaled, make-em-easy, just-for-kicks charts either - they are a Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST!”

The Modern Mandolin Quartet was formed in 1985 to give a new voice to that most American of musical instruments, the mandolin. Following the tradition of the mandolin orchestras and chamber groups from the early twentieth century, the MMQ uses the instruments of the mandolin family which correspond to the conventional string quartet (two mandolins, mandola, and mandocello). To date the Quartet has arranged and performed over 90 works originally written for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, guitar, and string quartet.

Aaron Copland: Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes (arr. R. Crawford)

Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes: IV. Hoe Down (arr. R. Crawford)

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz)

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Lento

III. Molto vivace

IV. Finale: Vivace, ma non troppo

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz)

West Side Story, Act I: Cool (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz)

Traditional: Shenandoah (arr. D. Gould)

Shenandoah (arr. D. Gould)

George Gershwin: 3 Preludes (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz)

No. 1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato

No. 3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

Mike Marshall: Bill Monroe Medley

Bill Monroe Medley

Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz)

I. 1957: Award Montage

II. November 25: Ichigaya

IV. 1962: Body Building

VI. Mishima / Closing

Paul Binkley: Irish Roots Medley

Irish Roots Medley

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