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Meyer: Quintet; Rorem: Quartet No 4 / Emerson String Quartet


Release Date: 04/14/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453506   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edgar MeyerNed Rorem
Performer:  David FinckelPhilip SetzerEugene DruckerLawrence Dutton,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Emerson String Quartet couples exemplary affinity for the music with its customary lean intensity and awesome technical control.

Edgar Meyer (b. 1960) leavens his Quintet of 1995 with dancy, irregular metres and an eclectic array of musical styles – the theme, subjected to variation in the first movement, drips folksy nostalgia, the second movement is a jazzily slithery hoedown, and so on. The piece, although entertaining, also makes a substantial impression that can no doubt be attributed in part to the committed advocacy of the Emerson String Quartet and the composer on bass. In the ten movements of his String Quartet No. 4 (1994), Ned Rorem (b. 1923) offers a series of sounding meditations on paintings by
Read more Picasso. As such, the music is both apt (driving dissonance in ‘Minotaur’, perilous swoops in ‘Acrobat on a Ball’, poised momentum in ‘Still Life’) and challenging (fast tempi for ‘Basket of Flowers’ and ‘Three Nudes’, frantic cello outbursts against an aloof background in ‘Self Portrait’), but Rorem’s striking musical images and taut discourse also make an impressive effect without visual corollaries. As in the Meyer, the Emerson String Quartet couples exemplary affinity for the music with its customary lean intensity and awesome technical control. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- David Breckbill, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Strings by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Philip Setzer (Violin), Eugene Drucker (Violin),
Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase New York 
Length: 26 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 4 by Ned Rorem
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 26 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Quintett für Streichquartett und Kontrabass: Movement I
Quintett für Streichquartett und Kontrabass: Movement II
Quintett für Streichquartett und Kontrabass: Movement III
Quintett für Streichquartett und Kontrabass: Movement IV
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Minotaur
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Child Holding a Dove
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Acrobat on a Ball
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Still Life
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Seated Harlequin
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Head of a Boy
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Basket of Flowers
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Self Portrait
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Three Nudes
Streichquartett Nr. 4: Death of Harlequin

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