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EVANS, R.: String Quartet No. 1 / GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 2 / ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartet No. 3 / HERRMANN, B.: Echoes

Artist(s) Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559354
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This recording gathers four string quartets by American composers who are widely divergent in style and manner, and who have made a distinctive and personal contribution to this endlessly re-inventive format. Ralph Evans is more familiar as a performer than composer. Finally completed in 1995, his First String Quartet is written in a non-derivative style, with tuneful melodies, lively counterpoint and piquant harmonies. Philip Glass has completed five mature quartets, his Second Quartet deriving from a theatrical presentation of Samuel Beckett’s prose poem Company. The self-styled ‘bad boy of American music’, George Antheil wrote three string quartets, the third of which is permeated by a folk-music ambience. Best remembered for his


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Review By ,,March 2009

Une interprétation particulièrement remarquable du Quatuor à cordes N° 3 de George Antheil

Review By ,,January 2009

Indépendamment de leurs mérites respectifs, ces quatre quatuors ont un point commun: ils requièrent la plus grande virtuosité collective et la trouvent au sein du Fine Arts Quartet, dans une excellente prise de son. Full review

Review By Denis Urval,,January 2009

Quatuor d’une conception originale avec ses brèves sections enchaînées, Echoes bénéficie d’une exécution splendide où les instrumentistes du Fine Arts Quartet montrent tout leur talent et mettent en valeur chaque épisode.

Review By ,,November 2008

Le Fine Arts Quartet est un ensemble renommé et de qualité, qui bénéficie dans cet enregistrement d’une prise de son très satisfaisante. Seul le choix arbitraire du répertoire, inhérent à toute compilation, pourrait faire émettre quelques réserves sur ce disque, dont on ne peut considérer qu’il soit très représentatif des œuvres majeures américaines du genre. Mais c’est aussi sa qualité principale que de sortir des sentiers battus pour présenter le Troisième quatuor de Georges Antheil et les Echoes de Bernard Herrmann : cela aurait suffit à notre bonheur. On considèrera que le reste constitue un bonus.


Review By ,Gli Amici della Musica,November 2008

Dopo rilevata la rarità dei tre Quartetti sin qui menzionati, la sorpresa e l’interesse maggiore arrivano con il Quartetto di Evans (1995)…Il suo Quartetto si rivela, melodicamente ed armonicamente, un piccolo capolavoro.  Anch’esso nell’insieme ligio alle norme che van dalla dominante alla tonica, dalla cadenza d’inganno a quella plagale, da una settima diminuita a una quinta aumentata, è d’audizione affascinante. Full review

Review By ,,October 2008

George Antheilin kansansävelmiä hyödyntävässä kvartetossa on puhtia ja persoonaa: laulullisuutta, ironista kipinää ja lennokasta leikkiä. Hienostunein teoksista on Bernard Herrmannin Echoes jousikvartetolle. Siinä on kaikuu baletti: hienosyisiä siirtymiä elegisistä sävyistä valssiin, melankoliaan ja riuskaan leikillisyyteen, makaaberiin ja voimannäyttöön. Full review

Review By ,Karjalainen,October 2008

Levyn yhtyekin on perustettu jo 1946, mikä tuo soittoon mukavaa väriä ja varmuutta. Full review

Review By ,Journal Le Soleil, Québec,September 2008

Chaque présidentielle américaine est l’objet d’une couverture médiatique effrénée. À cette occasion, les perceptions anxieuses du monde se tournent vers cette nation paradoxale, souvent l’objet de simplifications extrêmes. Dans ce contexte, la série American Classics (Naxos) offre la possibilité de changer de regard et de sortir l’imaginaire des ornières polarisées de la politique. Très différents, les Four american quartets témoignent de la diversité de style qui anime les compositeurs de ce pays.


Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,August 2008

Veteran violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, violist Yuri Gandelsman and cellist Wolfgang Laufer…bring their assured, no-nonsense playing to four American pieces written during the quartet’s lifetime. The oldest…is George Antheil’s String Quartet No. 3. We also get a dynamic reading of the “Company” Quartet (No.2) by Philip Glass, written in his typical, layered note-patterns, and Evans’ rich and inventive String Quartet No.1, from 1995. The standout is by film composer Bernard Herrmann, whose fabulously melancholy Echoes for String Quartet was written a decade before he died.


Review By ,Montreal Gazette,August 2008

Offbeat but listenable: a nice combination. Full review

Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2008

Those living in Europe can easily forget the enormous amount and diversity of chamber music produced in the United States during the 20th century. This arresting disc provides a guide to quartets from composers throughout the century.


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