This selection is a 2-disc set, containing an audio-only (i.e., with no video content) Blu-ray disc playable only on Blu-ray players as well as a standard CD.
Sono Luminus presents this uniquely engaging collection of music that embodies the American spirit in
Americana, the latest release by Modern Mandolin Quartet.
Expressing their opinion on their choices of musical selections for this album, the quartet writes “This music attracted us because of the wonderful way it sounds on our instruments, particularly the Dvorák. Since the musical character of the pieces is based on various forms of American music, it lends itself extremely well to the mandolin. While many selections for pianoRead more and string music rely on idioms and techniques that may not transpose well to the mandolin, the pieces included on this disc were chosen for their vitality and the way they jumped right off the page.”
The Modern Mandolin Quartet was formed in 1985 to give a new voice to that most American of musical instruments, the mandolin. Following the tradition of the mandolin orchestras and chamber groups from the early twentieth century, the Modern Mandolin Quartet uses the instruments of the mandolin family which correspond to the conventional string quartet (two mandolins, mandola, and mandocello). To date the Quartet has arranged and performed over 90 works originally written for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, guitar and string quartet.
“MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on, and packed with freshness and vitality of a kind that is rare in material of this type. These are not down-scaled, make-em-easy, just-for-kicks charts either - they are a Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST!” – Fanfare Read less
Preludes for Piano (Gershwin): No 3 in E flat minor
String Quartet no 3 "Mishima" (Glass): VI. Mishima/Closing
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Different approach to old favoritesAugust 30, 2019By Karen P. (Rensselaer, NY)See All My Reviews"I bought this album because I heard the Quartet's version of Gershwin's Three Preludes on public radio, and loved it! I have several versions of the Preludes and being a Gershwin fanatic, sort of collect them. I think that's the best piece on the CD, and mandolin works for these pieces. I liked the "Rodeo" as well. The other pieces are well done but I didn't think they necessarily benefitted from the mandolin treatment compared to standard instrumentation. But they weren't Gershwin, so it's probably just me!"Report Abuse