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100 Years: Centennial Commissions, Vol. 2 / Pro Arte Quartet

Release Date: 06/14/2016 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1634   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benoit MernierPierre Jalbert
Performer:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Pro Arte Quartet -- the oldest string quartet continuously in existence and the first university-ensemble residency in the United States -- plus the dramatic story of how a prominent European quartet became an American one. Founded in Belgium in 1912, the Pro Arte Quartet became stranded while on tour in Madison, Wisconsin in 1940 when the Nazis invaded their country. The University of Wisconsin offered this quartet in exile a permanent home at the university, where it has remained ever since. Six new chamber works were commissioned to celebrate this occasion -- now all available on compact disc. This disc contains String Quartet No. 3 by Benoît Mernier (b. 1964), the leading Read more Belgian composer of his generation and Pierre Jalbert's (b. 1967) work for clarinet and string quartet. Jalbert is the recipient of many awards, including the BBC Masterprize and teaches composition at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Mernier, also the recipient of commissions and awards, is also a virtuoso organist. He was inducted into the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2007. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings No. 3 by Benoit Mernier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Howl by Pierre Jalbert
Performer:  Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 

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