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Danielpour: String Quartets Nos. 5-7 / Delray String Quartet


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559845  
Composer:  Richard Danielpour
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delray String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This sixth Naxos American Classics album of the music of Richard Danielpour presents world premiere recordings of Richard Danielpours' last three string quartets. No. 7 includes the appearance in the finale of soprano Hila Plitmann. Each of these three quartets is informed by a particular theme: String Quartet No. 5, subtitled ‘In Search of La vita nuova,’ reflects Richard Danielpour’s relationship with Italy over the decades, conveying a sense of journey and discovery expressed in its ultimately elliptical trajectory. Concerned with the quartet as a metaphor for family, String Quartet No. 6 explores ideas of distance, time and ultimately, leave-taking. String Quartet No. 7, subtitled ‘Psalms of Solace,’ pursues the search for the Divine, Read more successive movements taking intellect, the force of will, and romantic love as their subject before the appearance in the finale of a soprano voice. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings No. 5 "In Search of La Vita Nuova" by Richard Danielpour
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delray String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Quartet for Strings No. 6 "Addio" by Richard Danielpour
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delray String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Quartet for Strings No. 7 "Psalms of Solace" by Richard Danielpour
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delray String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

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 Fine modern quartets January 11, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release features world premiere recordings of Danielpour's latest string quartets. Danielpour's renowned for his operas and vocal works. That same lyricism infuses these chamber works. Each quartet is masterfully constructed, and take the listener on sonically rewarding journeys. String Quartet No. 5 is subtitled "In Search of La vita nuova." According to Danielpour, this 2004 quartet represents his long love affair with Italy. But there's little overtly Italian in the music. Rather, Danielpour distills the refreshing vitality of the region and presents it in his own musical language. The sixth quartet "Addio," is concerned with families, and how they eventually pull apart. While not readily apparent in this recording, as the quartet progresses, three of the players leave the stage and play from the sidelines. Danielpour quotes from Beethoven's "Adieux" sonata, Straus' "Four Last Songs" and Mahler's Ninth Symphony (each concerned with leaving). Danielpour's own tonal style lets him seamlessly weave these quotes into his music. The last quartet, "Psalms of Solace" is inspired by a search for the divine. Its final movement features a soprano singing an amalgam of Biblical texts. The Delray Quartet is a relatively new ensemble, yet they play with the cohesiveness of a much older group. They have a smooth ensemble blend. Even when one instrument is featured, it seems more "first among equals" than soloist + accompaniment. Hila Pittmann is a fine singer. My one complaint is that sometimes her voice gets buried in the mix, making it difficult to clearly hear the lyrics. All in all, though, a fine recording of modern string quartets that would fit in a mainstream chamber music program." Report Abuse
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