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Tokyo String Quartet new releases Dvorak and Smetana’s String Quartet on SACD

Posted on 12 May 2013 by admin

This is on Harmonia Mundi label. Formed in 1969, the  Tokyo String Quartet is a famous international string quartet. The quartet has recorded over 30 albums, covering a wide range. This new recording include two Czech composers, Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana, Dvorak’s  String Quartet No.12 and Smetana’s String Quartet No.1, together to represent the quintessential sound of 19th-century Czech music. “In its valedictory release, the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet…”

Dvorak: String Quartet No.12; Smetana: String Quartet No.1

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The Requiem of String Quartet, Jerusalem Quartet’s Shostakovich

Posted on 06 April 2013 by admin

Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets serve as both biography and reflections on his life.  No composer as him has put so much of himself into quartets, like a man writing his own obituary Dmitri Shostakovich composed his String Quartet No. 8 as a requiem for himself.

The Jerusalem Quartet record exclusively for Harmonia Mundi and their discs have been awarded with numerous prizes. In 2003 the Quartet were recipients of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They were also part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 1999 to 2001. Their recording of Haydn’s String Quartets won the chamber category of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or Arte, while their release of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2009 and was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone Magazine.

This collection of String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich features recordings by the highly acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet from 2005 and 2007. Jerusalem Quartet’s performances  are in general the windows into Shostakovich’s soul.

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.1, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 11

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Del Sol String Quartet on Sono Luminus, Zia the Indians’ symbol

Posted on 01 April 2013 by admin

Del Sol String Quartet on Sono Luminus, Zia the Indians’ symbol

Del Sol String Quartet on Sono Luminus, Zia the Indians’ symbol

The Del Sol Quartet is a string quartet based in San Francisco, California. Del Sol is known for actively working with living composers from a wide range of cultural perspectives, and recording and performing exclusively 20th and 21st century music. This CD from Sono Luminus included composers —Gabriela Lena Frank, Lou Harrison, José Evangelista, Reza Vali and Elena Kats-Chernin. Gabriela Lena Frank and Lou Silver Harrison are American composers, José Evangelista  is a Spanish composer,  Reza Vali  is an Iranian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin was born in Tashkent, they all trained in the Western European tradition, reach back to ancient and traditional folk music sources and cultures from Peru, Turkey, Spain, Iran, and  Uzbekistan in creating vibrant new music for string quartet. The five contemporary composers on this CD are deeply tied to the Western European music tradition–especially its system of notation–they draw on ancient and traditional folk music from four corners of the world and make it new by incorporating techniques such as inventive intonations or heterophony.

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