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New World Quartets

Dvorak / Brodsky Quartet
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10801   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákAaron CoplandSamuel BarberGeorge Gershwin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Brodsky Quartet, continuing to pioneer unique repertoire on Chandos Records, presents a programme of works from the ‘New World’ that explores an American sound in the string quartet. The earliest piece on the disc is the American String Quartet, in F major by Antonín Dvorák, the only non-American composer in the release. His attempt to capture an American sound results in music of notable simplicity, directness, and good humour. In the String Quartet by Samuel Barber we hear an unashamedly romantic composer displaying a more European style. The central Adagio has become enormously popular in an arrangement for string orchestra. Far more distinctively American in idiom is the music of George Gershwin whose Lullaby was his Read more first attempt at classical composition. Copland’s Two Pieces, a work written as a tribute to Gabriel Fauré, is featured along with an original arrangement by members of the Brodsky Quartet of his Hoe–Down. This famous work is enormously evocative of rural America and is heavily indebted to traditional tunes from Celtic settlers. Dave Brubeck is best known as a jazz pianist but he employs his classical training in Regret, which evokes the soundworld and emotional depth of the high baroque style while creating a unique link between the worlds of classical and jazz. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 27 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Pieces (2), for string quartet by Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings in B minor, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 19 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4. Lullaby by George Gershwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6. Regret, for solo piano & strings by Dave Brubeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: Modern 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American": I. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American": II. Lento
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American": III. Molto vivace
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American": IV. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo
2 Pieces for string quartet: Lento molto
2 Pieces for string quartet: Rondino
String Quartet, Op. 11: I. Molto allegro e appassionato
String Quartet, Op. 11: II. Molto adagio
String Quartet, Op. 11: III. Molto allegro
Lullaby for String Quartet: Lullaby
Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes: IV. Hoe-Down (arr. P. Cassidy and J. Thomas for string quartet)
Regret (version for string quartet)

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