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Americana / Modern Mandolin Quartet [CD & Blu-ray Audio]


Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92157  
Composer:  Aaron CoplandAntonín DvorákLeonard BernsteinTraditional,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 piano
Read 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

Works on This Recording

1.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
3.
West Side Story: Cool by Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
4.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Written: USA 
5.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
6.
Medley by Bill Monroe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 3 "Mishima": 1st movement, 1957: Award Montage by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 3 "Mishima": 2nd movement: November 25: Ichigaya by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 3 "Mishima": 4th movement, 1962: Body Building by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 3 "Mishima": 6th movement, MIshima/Closing by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
11.
Irish Roots Medley by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modern Mandolin Quartet

Featured Sound Samples

Preludes for Piano (Gershwin): No 3 in E flat minor
String Quartet no 3 "Mishima" (Glass): VI. Mishima/Closing

Sound Samples

Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes (arr. R. Crawford): Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes: IV. Hoe Down (arr. R. Crawford)
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): I. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): II. Lento
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): III. Molto vivace
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): IV. Finale: Vivace, ma non troppo
West Side Story (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): West Side Story, Act I: Cool (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz)
Shenandoah (arr. D. Gould)
3 Preludes (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): No. 1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
3 Preludes (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato
3 Preludes (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): No. 3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Bill Monroe Medley
String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): I. 1957: Award Montage
String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): II. November 25: Ichigaya
String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): IV. 1962: Body Building
String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima" (arr. P. Binkley, M. Flinner, D. Rath and A. Roszkiewicz): VI. Mishima / Closing
Irish Roots Medley

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