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Carte Postale / Quatuor Alcan

Brandao / Annunziata / Evangelista / Quatuor Alcan
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jose Vieira BrandaoAlessandro AnnunziataJosé EvangelistaMiguel Del Aguila,   ... 
Performer:  Luc BeaucheminLaura AndrianiNathalie CamusDavid Ellis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new recording with the Alcan String Quartet offers a sampling of the rich and culturally diverse contemporary music written for string quartet.

Composer José Evangelista is perhaps best-known for many works that explore his Spanish heritage, Spanish Garland being one of his quintessential works. This recording also includes music by Russian composer Airat Ichmouratov, by Italian composers Dimitri Nicolau and Alessandro Annunziata—who both turn to Greece for inspiration. Paquito D’Rivera’s Wapango is an Afro-Mexican dance, and music by Uruguay native Miguel Del Aguila combines 1920s jazz, Caribbean and Latin elements in Presto II.

The Alcan Quartet is active in Canada and internationally. The
Read more ensemble’s list of accomplishments is impressive: over 1000 concerts; numerous live radio broadcasts (Radio-Canada, CBC, Radio France, and Denmark National Radio); tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia; and a number of commissioned pieces and first performances.

R E V I E W S:

Blends of the musical atmospheres and traditions of Spain, north Africa, the Middle East and the Latin America with hints of upbeat minimalism. Well played.

-- Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine [2/1/2012]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Miniatura by Jose Vieira Brandao
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
2.
Meltemi by Alessandro Annunziata
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
3.
Spanish Garland by José Evangelista
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Presto no 2 by Miguel Del Aguila
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Zuki's Dance by Dimitri Nicolau
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
6.
Wapango by Paquito D'Rivera
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1975; USA 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Airat Ichmouratov
Performer:  Luc Beauchemin (Viola), Laura Andriani (Violin), Nathalie Camus (Violin),
David Ellis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet

Sound Samples

Miniatura
Meltemi
Spanish Garland
Presto II
Zuki's Dance (arr. A. Annunziata)
Wapango
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 5: I. Dances
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 5: II. Intermezzo
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 5: III. Theme with variations

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