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Composing America / Lark Quartet

Adams / Bolcom / Copland
Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9423  
Composer:  John AdamsWilliam BolcomAaron CoplandPaul Moravec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One might be forgiven for finding the title Composing America a tad ambitious; it begs a number of questions, not the least of which is “just whose America is this”? The music on this varied, imaginative CD answers that question definitively: this is an America of vital, forcefully argued concert music with roots deep in the American vernacular. Each work, to varying degrees, presents the listener with a distinct transformation of the popular and folk musics that have defined America. Promising to deliver “a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance” (The Washington Post), The Lark Quartet continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and artistry. One might be forgiven for finding the title Composing America a tad ambitious; it begs a number of questions, not the least of which is “just whose America is this”? The music on this varied, imaginative CD answers that question definitively: this is an America of vital, forcefully argued concert music with roots deep in the American vernacular. Each work, to varying degrees, presents the listener with a distinct transformation of the popular and folk musics that have defined America. Promising to deliver “a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance” (The Washington Post), The Lark Quartet continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and artistry. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
John's Book of Alleged Dances: Excerpt(s) by John Adams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet
2.
Billy in the Darbies by William Bolcom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet
3.
Pieces (2) for String Quartet by Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1928; USA 
4.
Quintet for Piano and Strings by Paul Moravec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 An engaging survey of American music March 13, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "The Lark Quartet's latest release is a broad sampling of American string quartet music -- and it's broad in many ways. First, it ranges from the 1928 modernism of Aaron Copland, through the minimalism of John Adams, the populist sound of William Bolcolm and ending with the more formal writing of Paul Moravec. It's also broad in it's inclusion of performers. the selections from "John's Book of Alleged Dances" (John Adams) features percussionist Yousif Sheronick. Bolcom's "Billie in the Darbies" has the quartet accompanying baritone Stephen Salters. The Moravec work is a Piano Quartet, which the quartet performs with pianist Jeremy Denk. Only eight minutes of the program, Copland's "Two Pieces for String Quartet" are for sting quartet alone. And all of it's to the good. The variety of styles, forces, and sounds make this an interesting album to listen to straight through. The Lark's clear, straight-forward sound seems perfectly suited to this material." Report Abuse
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