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Harvard Composers / Sheldon, Mendelssohn String Quartet


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1264   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Walter PistonLeon KirchnerEarl KimBernard Rands,   ... 
Performer:  Lucy Sheldon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A year ago we released our first recording featuring the Mendelssohn String Quartet. (With Robert Mann as second viola in a recording of the string quintets by Mendelssohn). This was lauded by the critics. Typically, the Sunday Times wrote 'The US-based ensemble play both works with jubilant conviction and mastery of a wide range of colour, dynamics and expressive nuance, the whole sounding wonderfully spontaneous.' For this disc the Mendelssohn Quartet have chosen works spanning 65 years of music by composers with a relation to Harvard: from Walter Piston's 'String Quartet No.1' (1933) to Mario Davidovsky's 'String Quartet No.4' (1998). An added bonus is that the recording is being issued as a hybrid SACD playable on all CD players and Read more offering a surround-sound option for those with the right equipment. The huge range of expression both of the music and of the Mendelssohn Quartet really comes into its own when reproduced in surround sound. A further bonus is the American soprano Lucy Shelton who sings the three French poems set for voice and string quartet by Earl Kim. This is a disc which will provide a host of new insights into the tradition of music in America - in which Harvard University has played an important role.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Walter Piston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
3.
Poems (3) in French by Earl Kim
Performer:  Lucy Sheldon (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Bernard Rands
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5 by Mario Davidovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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