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Quincy Porter: String Quartets No 1-4 / Ives Quartet


Release Date: 07/31/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559305   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Quincy Porter
Performer:  Stephen HarrisonJodi LevitzSusan FreierBettina Mussumeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ives String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 3 by Quincy Porter
Performer:  Stephen Harrison (Cello), Jodi Levitz (Viola), Susan Freier (Violin),
Bettina Mussumeli (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ives String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Venue:  St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA 
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA (05/21/2006 - 05/26/2006) 
2. Quartet for Strings no 2 by Quincy Porter
Performer:  Stephen Harrison (Cello), Jodi Levitz (Viola), Susan Freier (Violin),
Bettina Mussumeli (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ives String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Venue:  St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA 
Length: 14 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA (05/21/2006 - 05/26/2006) 
3. Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor by Quincy Porter
Performer:  Stephen Harrison (Cello), Bettina Mussumeli (Violin), Susan Freier (Violin),
Jodi Levitz (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ives String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA 
Length: 19 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA (05/21/2006 - 05/26/2006)
Composition written: USA (1922 - 1923). 
4. Quartet for Strings no 4 by Quincy Porter
Performer:  Jodi Levitz (Viola), Susan Freier (Violin), Bettina Mussumeli (Violin),
Stephen Harrison (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ives String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Venue:  St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA 
Length: 15 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA (05/21/2006 - 05/26/2006) 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 3: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 3: II. Andante
String Quartet No. 3: III. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 2: I. Allegro molto
String Quartet No. 2: II. Adagio non troppo
String Quartet No. 2: III. Allegro
String Quartet No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 1: II. Andante
String Quartet No. 1: III. Allegro vivace
String Quartet No. 4: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 4: II. Lento
String Quartet No. 4: III. Allegro molto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent 20th Century American Quartets July 22, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "American composer Quincy Porter (1897-1966) wrote 9 string quartets, the first four of which are contained on this remarkably fine Naxos CD. All four quartets are relataively short, generally around 15 minutes, and consist of only 3 movements. Played superbly by the Ives Quartet, Porter's quartets reflect imaginative shifts in textures, tempo, and instrumental densities. The results speak for themselves- a set of conservatively-constructed works that show great sophistication and substantial appeal. Quincy Porter appears to have made a major contribution to the 20th century American chamber music repertoire with these quartets. I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent Naxos release and trust that other chamber music fans will also. Hopefully we can look forward to further recordings of the rest of Porter's quartets. Recommended." Report Abuse
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