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Contemporary Voices / Pacifica Quartet


Release Date: 07/10/2020 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 196  
Composer:  Shulamit RanJennifer HigdonEllen Taaffe Zwilich
Performer:  Otis Murphy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet performs works by three Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary composers: Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Written for the Pacifica and receiving its world-premiere recording, Ran’s Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory — String Quartet No. 3 is a moving tribute to painter Felix Nussbaum, who perished in Auschwitz in 1944. Higdon’s Voices, dedicated to the Pacifica, evokes explosive energy, otherworldly calm, and spiritual serenity. In Zwilich’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet, a lusciously singing saxophone shares the spotlight with virtuosic string playing. The Pacifica, quartet in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, partner with their IU colleague, Read more renowned classical saxophonist Otis Murphy. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings No. 3 "Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory" by Shulamit Ran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Voices by Jennifer Higdon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993 
3.
Quintet for alto saxophone & string quartet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Performer:  Otis Murphy (Alto Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 

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