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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.   Play with flash player I. Moderato 00:06:52
2.   Play with flash player II. Andante espressivo 00:05:27
3.   Play with flash player III. Allegro scherzando 00:02:43

Glass, Philip

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

Antheil, George

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

Herrmann, Bernard

  Echoes
12.   Play with flash player Echoes 00:20:17

Total Playing Time: 01:02:26




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