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Stokes: String Quartets / Oxford String Quartet

Release Date: 06/30/1998 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 288   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harvey J. Stokes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dr. Harvey J. Stokes is professor of music at Hampton University, and founder and director of the Computer Music Laboratory. His degrees are from Michigan State University, the University of Georgia and East Carolina University. He writes about this music: "One of several pinnacles in my creative career has been the composition of a trilogy of works for the Oxford String Quartet. My String Quartet No. 1 was commissioned by this ensemble and completed during the fall of 1990 in Hampton, Virginia. Since its premiere in 1991, it has been performed many times by them to great acclaim. Due to the success of this work, I decided to dedicate two additional compositions to the Oxford String Quartet. String Quartet No. 2 and String Quartet No. Read more 3 were completed in 1992 and 1995 respectively. String Quartet No. 3 was premiered in 1996 on a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Oxford String Quartet, and String Quartet No. 2 was premiered later that year during a concert tour of Argentina by the ensemble." In the Oxford String Quartet innovation and tradition come together. The Cleveland Plain Dealer raves about "vibrant, spell- binding strings...first class from top to bottom...who interacted with a corporate sense of articulation, balance and nuance provided by only the most astute Chamber players." - Albany Records Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 1 by Harvey J. Stokes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Harvey J. Stokes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Harvey J. Stokes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1: I. eighth note = 220
String Quartet No. 1: II. eighth note = 62
String Quartet No. 1: III. dotted quarter note = 108
String Quartet No. 2: I. Furioso
String Quartet No. 2: II. Moderato
String Quartet No. 2: III. Andante
String Quartet No. 3: I. quarter note = ca. 88
String Quartet No. 3: II. quarter note = ca. 150
String Quartet No. 3: III. quarter note = ca. 66
String Quartet No. 3: IV. quarter note = ca. 112

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