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American Classics - Carpenter / Posnak, Schwartz, Vega Quartet

Release Date: 11/19/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Sergiu SchwartzPaul PosnakWendy ChenGuang Wang,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vega Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The prize of this programme is surely the Piano Quintet (1937)...it exhibits a unique voice. Carpenter's ideas are strong and memorable, and they are developed with wit as well as skill...The elegiac ardour of the slow movement is touching, and the folksy flavor and clean textures of the finale cannot quite conceal a darker character lurking beneath the surface...the performances are excellent...particularly the agile, well-blended playing of the Vega Quartet. Very strongly recommended."
- Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone, August 2003

"The Naxos recording is forthright, resonant and startlingly well up to the impressively big movement of the 1912 Sonata. Carpenter, who on the basis of this movement alone
Read more should be a great name, proves capable of building a beautifully judged structure that coheres, offers a grand vision and maintains its power without flagging. Sergiu Schwartz and Paul Posnak are such engaging performers and play so well together that one is simply bowled over...The ensuing, Debussy-informed Quartet (1927) is terrific. The first two movements are lovingly played and the finale, a kind of buggy ride with shades of Prokofiev, is thrilling. The Piano Quintet's lovely Andante, with its bewitching canonic opening starts splendidly; from their unisons alone you hear the quality of the spirited, prizewinning Vega Quartet. Their vivid, percussive finale caps this really enjoyable find."
- Roderic Dunnett, The Strad, April 2003
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano by John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Sergiu Schwartz (Violin), Paul Posnak (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1913; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Gusman Hall, University of Miami, Fl 
Length: 26 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings by John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Wendy Chen (Violin), Guang Wang (Cello), Jessica Wu (Violin),
Yinzi Kong (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vega Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Gusman Hall, University of Miami, Fl 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Quintet for Piano and Strings by John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Paul Posnak (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vega Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Gusman Hall, University of Miami, Fl 
Length: 25 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata: I. Larghetto
Violin Sonata: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata: III. Largo mistico
Violin Sonata: IV. Presto giocoso
String Quartet: I. Allegro
String Quartet: II. Adagio
String Quartet: III. Moderato
Klavierquintett: I. Moderato
Klavierquintett: II. Andante
Klavierquintett: III. Allegro non troppo

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