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

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AMERICA! Volume 1: A Land of Refuge

AMERICA! Volume 1: A Land of Refuge

From Independence to the Civil War


Bartók:

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Dvorak:

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

Jerusalem Quartet

Eisler:

Hollywood Liederbuch

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Stravinsky:

Mass


Joel Frederiksen, Alexandre Tharaud, Frederic Chiu, Brigitte Engerer, Oleg Maisenberg, Matthias Goerne, Philippe Bernold

RIAS Kammerchor, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Ensemble Walter Boeykens, Daniel Reuss

Harmonia Mundi - HMX2908539/40

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New World Quartets

New World Quartets


Barber, S:

String Quartet, Op. 11

Brubeck:

Regret

Copland:

Two Pieces for string quartet

Rodeo: Hoe down

Arr. Paul Cassidy and Jacqueline Thomas

Dvorak:

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

Gershwin:

Lullaby for Strings


The Brodsky Quartet, continuing to pioneer unique repertoire on Chandos Records, presents a programme of works from the ‘New World’ that explores an American sound in the string quartet. The earliest piece on the disc is the American String Quartet, in F major by Antonín Dvořák, the only non-American composer in the release.

His attempt to capture an American sound results in music of notable simplicity, directness, and good humour. In the String Quartet by Samuel Barber we hear an unashamedly romantic composer displaying a more European style. The central Adagio has become enormously popular in an arrangement for string orchestra. Far more distinctively American in idiom is the music of George Gershwin whose Lullaby was his first attempt at classical composition. Copland’s Two Pieces, a work written as a tribute to Gabriel Fauré, is featured along with an original arrangement by members of the Brodsky Quartet of his Hoe –Down. This famous work is enormously evocative of rural America and is heavily indebted to traditional tunes from Celtic settlers. Dave Brubeck is best known as a jazz pianist but he employs his classical training in Regret, which evokes the soundworld and emotional depth of the high baroque style while creating a unique link between the worlds of classical and jazz.

“the most persuasive playing comes in the shorter items. Gershwin's sultry Lullaby is nicely contrasted with the spicy seasoning and rhythmic zest of Copland's Two Pieces and the 'Hoe-Down' from Rodeo” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

Chandos - CHAN10801

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Dvorak & Smetana: String Quartets

Dvorak & Smetana: String Quartets


Dvorak:

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

Smetana:

String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'


In its valedictory release, the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet presents a pair of well loved chamber works offering a glimpse into the private world of two Czech composers. Antonín Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana – although they were sometimes regarded as musical opposites in their homeland – together they came to represent the quintessential sound of 19th-century Czech music.

Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 45 years ago. Performing over 100 concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all four corners of the globe.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo String Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. An exclusive collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon (more than 40 landmark recordings) firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets. The ensemble's recordingss for harmonia mundi USA have included an acclaimed cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets. Its most recent release was devoted to the Brahms Quintets Op. 34 (with Jon Nakamatsu, piano) and Op. 115 (with Jon Manasse, clarinet).

“In some ways, the Tokyo Quartet on this splendid recorded CD seem almost too relaxed at the start of the American...[They] respond rather better to the tragic drama of Smetana's From My Life Quartet. The opening of the first movement is as shocking as it should be and the subsidiary material is rich in sentiment.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ***

“The beauty of these performances lies in their immaculate voicing, their keen sense of tonal perspective and the way the quartet leans this way or that at the behest of a particular phrase or gesture. Neither effete nor especially idiomatic, they promote a rare musical intelligence” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“this is recommendable for fans of the Tokyo Quartet’s finely chiseled approach” International Record Review, May 2013

“The Tokyo Quartet offer great warmth and sensitivity, and an immediacy and intimacy which draws the listener in...I definitely give the thumbs-up to this recording.” MusicWeb International, 13th September 2013

“Does the Tokyo’s superb playing of Dvorak’s “American” lack the authentic Czech bite?...the playing is so fine, the glow of the four Stradivarius instruments so beautiful, such doubts hardly register. What matters is that these musicians perform the music con amore. The tragic conclusion of the Smetana... is devastating.” Sunday Times, 12th May 2013

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Harmonia Mundi - HMU807429

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SBSQ: Shostakovich, Ginastera and Dvorak

SBSQ: Shostakovich, Ginastera and Dvorak


Dvorak:

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

Ginastera:

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110


Simon Bolivar String Quartet (SBSQ)

Violinists Alejandro Carreño and Boris Suaréz, violist Ismel Campos and cellist Aimon Mata breathe new life into three gems of the string quartet repertoire, performed with the perfect balance of classical refinement and South American panache.

The SBSQ comprises key players of DG exclusive recording artist Gustavo Dudamel’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This is a debut recording that musically and thematically reflects the young ensemble’s extraordinary story and progressive pursuits.

This is DG’s first recording of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s particularly difficult 1948 String Quartet no. 1, inspired by the vivacious dance rhythms of his homeland

Shostakovich’s deeply personal String Quartet no. 8 is dedicated “to the victims of fascism and war,” a theme which particularly speaks to the SBSQ

In another DG first, the SBSQ adds South American flavour to the “American” String Quartet, one of Dvořák’s celebrations of his visit to the New World

“Not surprisingly, the players fully empathise with [the Ginastera's] vibrant Latin American rhythms, masterly contrasts in texture and arresting colours...The SBSQ are equally capable of producing wonderfully atmospheric playing as is evident in their poetic and sensitive approach to the slow movement.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 *****

“Though the players sometimes make expressive points through the quality of their sound, prettiness is not their priority...SBSQ is more interested in the music's inner workings behind the sound, and with Ginastera, there's much of that to be heard...The Dvorak has a big-boned swagger that suits the music's Americana vigour, though nostalgic reflection almost goes missing.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“[the Dvorak demonstrates] slick ensemble work, a good level of technical ability - and the performance has some nice moments of colour and tone...Shostakovich's Eight Quartet receives a much better performance. Individual playing is more compelling and the music is pushed to expressive extremes without becoming overbearing.” International Record Review, May 2013

“It’s a little rough, but overall pretty good...All in all, this is a promising start to a string quartet’s career. I look forward to hearing more from them.” MusicWeb International, 2nd July 2013

DG - 4790429

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Dvorak: Piano Quintet & American Quartet

Dvorak: Piano Quintet & American Quartet


Dvorak:

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

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Teo Gheorghiu (piano)


“the second movement "Dumka"...furnishes pianist Teo Gheorghiu his greatest opportunity, his delicately expressive approach eschewing grand gestures but ensuring that the haunting melody remains suitably foregrounded.” The Independent, 15th December 2012 ***

Sony - 88725479482

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Americana

Americana


 

Shenandoah

Irish Roots Medley

Bonus Track

Bernstein:

West Side Story: Cool

Copland:

Rodeo: Hoe down

Dvorak:

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

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

Glass, P:

String Quartet No. 3 'Mishima'

Monroe:

Bill Monroe Medley


Modern Mandolin Quartet

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.

Dorian Sono Luminus - DSL92157

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Dvorak: Sextet, String Quintet & String Quartet

Dvorak: Sextet, String Quintet & String Quartet


Dvorak:

String Sextet in A major, Op. 48

Vienna Octet

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77

Vienna Octet

String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'

Vienna Octet

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

Janáček Quartet

Bagatelles, Op. 47

Vienna Philharmonia Quintet


Recording locations: Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London, UK, October 1963 (Op. 96); Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, October 1969 (Op. 77), May 1975 (Op. 47), April 1971 (Opp. 48, 97)

This recording forms part of a series of 10 reissues celebrating the glorious Decca recordings from the 1950s-1970s of the Wiener Oktett (Vienna Octet), made up of key principals from the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Five titles were released in September and the remaining five are released this month.

The Vienna Octet recorded just three works by Dvorák – two String Quintets and the A major String Sextet – all of which are included here. They are here coupled with his most popular String Quartet, the so-called ‘American’ in a performance by the Janáček Quartet that has never been out of the catalogue, and a first release on CD, the Bagatelles for the unusual combination of two violins, cello and harmonium – delightful little pieces with the Vienna Philharmonia Quintet’s recording here receiving its first release on CD.

Tully Potter’s informative liner notes focus on both, the music and the musicians on this anthology.

“All recommendable: there is a beautifully poised rendition of Dvorak's String Sextet and the players are persuasively idiomatic in the American Quartet and Quintet” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the recording, clean and warm-toned, is the equal of the playing” Gramophone Magazine (Quintet, Op. 77)

“most sensitively handled” Gramophone Magazine (Quintet Op. 97)

“the finest and best recorded performance” Gramophone Magazine (of the ‘American’ Quartet)

Australian Eloquence Vienna Octet - ELQ4802375

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$14.75

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

Dvorak:

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

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81


Harmonia Mundi - HMC901899

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Brahms - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Brahms - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (complete)


Brahms:

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Dvorak:

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


DG Originals - E4577072

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

Dvorak:

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

Cypresses for string quartet, B152

Kodály:

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10


DG - E4196012

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