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PISTON, W.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 5 (Harlem Quartet)

Composer(s):Piston, Walter
Artist(s) Harlem Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559630
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Much lauded in his lifetime, Walter Piston is remembered chiefly today for his eight Symphonies, the two Violin Concertos (8.559003) and the popular ballet, The Incredible Flutist (8.559160). This recording presents three of the five string quartets, which range from from the lithe neo-Classicism of the First Quartet and the rhythmic trenchancy and intense melodic writing of the Third Quartet to the forceful yet accessible Fifth. This is the Naxos début of the Harlem Quartet, an ensemble comprising First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. More of Piston’s chamber music is



Review By Massimo Viazzo,Musica,April 2011

Walter Piston (1894–1976) non è noto dale nostre parti tanto per la sua produzone musicale, ma per I trattati di armonia, contrappunto e orchestrazione. Come docente (molto rinomato) ebbe tra I suoi allievi, infatti, personalità di spicco del mondo musicale Americano quail Leonard Bernstein ed Eliott Carter. La Naxos prosegue nella collana « American Classics » la sua meritoria indagine sull’opera dei compositori d’ oltreoceano del XX seconlo. Piston era già presenete in catalogo con altri cinque titoli; ora si aggiunge quest’ultimo CD, primo presumibilmente di due che conterranno l’integrale quartettistica del compositore di Rockland (Maine).


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2011

from the “classic” era of American music comes the Naxos release of String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5 of Walter Piston (1894–1976). Piston did not bother much with surface appeal but sought a quality of interiority, which he achieved in these subtle quartets. The Harlem Quartet captures this inner life perfectly.

Review By Record Geijutsu,January 2011



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