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EVANS, R.: String Quartet No. 1 / GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 2 / ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartet No. 3 / HERRMANN, B.: Echoes

    

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EVANS, R.: String Quartet No. 1 / GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 2 / ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartet No. 3 / HERRMANN, B.: Echoes

This recording gathers four string quartets by American composers who are widely divergent in style and manner, and who have made a distinctive and personal contribution to this endlessly re-inventive format. Ralph Evans is more familiar as a performer than composer. Finally completed in 1995, his First String Quartet is written in a non-derivative style, with tuneful melodies, lively counterpoint and piquant harmonies. Philip Glass has completed five mature quartets, his Second Quartet deriving from a theatrical presentation of Samuel Beckett’s prose poem Company. The self-styled ‘bad boy of American music’, George Antheil wrote three string quartets, the third of which is permeated by a folk-music ambience. Best remembered for his film scores, Bernard Herrmann had not released a concert work for 25 years when he wrote Echoes. Its title applies to the thematic connections unobtrusively linking the ten sections of this one-movement piece.


Evans, Ralph

  String Quartet No. 1
1.   I. Moderato 00:06:52
2.   II. Andante espressivo 00:05:27
3.   III. Allegro scherzando 00:02:43

Glass, Philip

  String Quartet No. 2, "Company"
4.   I. quarter note = 96 00:02:47
5.   II. quarter note = 160 00:01:49
6.   III. quarter note = 96 00:01:49
7.   IV. quarter note = 160 00:02:26

Antheil, George

  String Quartet No. 3
8.   I. Allegretto 00:05:31
9.   II. Largo 00:05:40
10.   III. Quasi presto (scherzo) 00:02:21
11.   IV. Allegro giocoso 00:04:44

Herrmann, Bernard

  Echoes
12.   Echoes 00:20:17

Total Playing Time: 01:02:26






Composer(s):
Antheil, George; Evans, Ralph; Glass, Philip; Herrmann, Bernard

Ensemble(s):
Fine Arts Quartet

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559354

Barcode: 0636943935422

Physical Release: 07/2008

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