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Chamber Music (American) - LARSEN, L. / LIEUWEN, P. / SCHICKELE, P. / COPLAND, A. (Gulfstream) (enhake)

Artist(s) enhake, Ensemble • Ryan, Pamela, viola • Stillwell, Corinne, violin
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559692
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Libby Larsen’s Rodeo Queen of Heaven takes its inspiration from religious iconography given a contemporary twist—a painting of a Madonna with gun—in a rhythmically vivacious tableau. Peter Lieuwen presents an aural portrait of the Gulfstream, fusing grace with melodic fragments in a nature depiction rich in depth. Peter Schickele’s Quartet is profuse in syncopation, jazz, folk music and a melancholy that only heightens the brilliance of the finale’s off-kilter dynamism. Copland’s Sextet began life as his Second Symphony but, pared down, proves utterly idiomatic, vital, melodically exciting and bracing.


Review By Record Geijutsu,June 2012

8.559692_The Record Geijutsu_062012_ja.pdf

Review By Marvin J. Ward,Classical Voice of North Carolina (,December 2011

The performance is outstanding, highly polished and smooth-flowing. The sound quality is excellent…

This is enjoyable and interesting music exceedingly well played, so a fine offering. © Marvin J. Ward & CVNC. Reproduced with permission. Read complete review

Review By Jordy Kasko,The Tune,November 2011

The clear star of this recording is the chamber group enhake, consisting of clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. The instrumentation is that of the famous Messien Quartet for the End of Time. What I admire about the group as well as the compositions is that they choose to have that instrumentation but somehow sound like its antithesis. Instead of writing broad soloistic movements like the Quartet for the End of Time, each piece implies a much more homogenous texture. The chamber musicians blend well and manage to have perfect balance and definitive melodic material despite the vast difference in volume between the grand piano, the clarinet, and the strings (perhaps some props should go to the recording engineer on that one too).



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