Ames Piano Quartet

Biography

Active: 1976 - ; Ames, IA
The Ames Piano Quartet is unique in two ways: firstly, it is one of the very few major piano quartets active today; secondly, all four players are faculty members at Iowa State University, where they are the resident chamber music ensemble. While the names of the individual members are not well known to most listeners, their credentials are formidable, both from their résumes and the reviews of their concerts and recordings. Indeed, one finds Read more critics writing of their commitment, passion, power, and sensitivity, not to mention their collective technical skills. Their choice of repertory is broad, too, taking in works by Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, Borodin, Taneyev, Fauré, Richard Strauss, and compositions by various lesser known figures, like

Czechs Suk, Novak, and Martinu and Brits Bridge, Stanford, Howells, Mackenzie, and Jacob. The APQ has also played much American music, including works by Bolcom, Hoiby, and Richard Willis. It has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Albany, Dorian, and Musical Heritage Society.

The APQ was formed in 1976 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. The current members are pianist William David, violinist Mahlon Darlington, violist Jonathan Sturm, and cellist George Work. David, a student of the late György Sándor, is the only remaining founding member of the ensemble. Among the other players of the APQ, Work is next in seniority, having joined the group in 1981, while Darlington became the ensemble's violinist later in the decade and Sturm came on as a replacement in the late '90s for longtime member Laurence Burkhalter.

The ensemble attracted much attention even in its early years, touring widely and recording with acclaim. Among its more successful early recordings was the 1989 Musical Heritage Society CD of quartets by Chausson (in A major) and Saint-Saëns (in B flat major).

From the 1990s and extending well into the new century, the group has been engaged in a series of highly successful recordings for both the Dorian and Albany labels. Among the more notable efforts was the highly praised Dorian CD of quartets by Taneyev and Borodin, issued in 2000.

Outside the recording studio, the group also attracted attention: the APQ's 2001 tour of Cuba, the first by an American chamber ensemble in nearly a half century, was highly acclaimed. Among the group's recordings is the 2008 Albany CD of works by Piazzolla, Turina, Tansman, and Surinach. Read less

Biography

Active: 1976 - ; Ames, IA
The Ames Piano Quartet is unique in two ways: firstly, it is one of the very few major piano quartets active today; secondly, all four players are faculty members at Iowa State University, where they are the resident chamber music ensemble. While the names of the individual members are not well known to most listeners, their credentials are formidable, both from their résumes and the reviews of their concerts and recordings. Indeed, one finds Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegretto moderato
II. Allegro assai
III. Andante
IV. Allegro assai
I. Exorde
II. Zelie-au-pied-leger
III. Demi-soupir
IV. Bouree-bourrasque
I. Allegro agitato
II. Andante molto espressivo
III. Allegro leggiero
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino con variazioni
III. Finale: Allegretto scherzando
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Lento
III. Allegro moderato, grazioso
IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio non troppo
IV. Adagio molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo - Trio: Animato
III. Andante con moto - Animato
IV. Rondo alla zingarese: Presto - Meno presto - Molto presto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Poco allegro - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Fiinale: Allegro comodo
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Sostenuto
I. Andante
II. Scherzino: Allegretto comodo
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Poco Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto poco moderato
I. Anime
II. Tres calme
III. Simple et sans hate
IV. Anime
I. Allegretto
II. Andante maestoso ma con moto
III. Poco allegro piu tosto moderato - Allegro non troppo - Allegro - Molto allegro - Presto - Prestissimo
IV. Allegro - Mouvement du premier morceau - Allegro non troppo - Tempo primo
I. Lento - Andante mosso
II. Vivo
III. Andante - Allegretto
I. Introduction et Marche
II. Sarabande
III. Scherzino
IV. Melodie
V. Nocturne
V. Finale
I. Allegro deciso
II. Lento
III. Vivo e con fuoco
I. Allegro, ma moderato e tranquillo
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
III. Canzonetta con variazioni
IV. Finale: Allegro molto e con brio
I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
II. Lento, molto tranquillo
III. Allegro molto, energico
I. Andante maestoso
II. Scherzo
III. Variations and Epilogue
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Andante tranquillo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Barcarolle / Ketjak
II. Largo fantastico
III. Intermezzo
IV. Finale
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Presto
III. Andante
IV. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo


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