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LEES, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6 (Cypress String Quartet)


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LEES, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6 (Cypress String Quartet)

The highly personal style of American composer Benjamin Lees lends his music the lofty grandeur and sardonic wit, not only of Shostakovich but also of the Cubist and Surrealist artists, all of whom he so admires. Lees, who also shares Britten’s refined sense of harmony, delights in contrasts and surprises, enthralling the listener at every turn from the lyrical to the burlesque, the romantic to the brusque. His fifth string quartet was chosen by Chamber Music America as one of its 101 Great Ensemble Works.

Lees, Benjamin

  String Quartet No. 1
1.   I. Moderato 00:05:47
2.   II. Adagietto 00:06:21
3.   III. Allegro vivo 00:04:21
  String Quartet No. 5
4.   I. Measured 00:09:57
5.   II. Arioso 00:06:27
6.   III. Quick, quiet 00:01:46
7.   IV. Explosive 00:07:50
  String Quartet No. 6
8.   I. Measured, dolorous 00:06:50
9.   II. Calm, steady 00:05:13
10.   III. Quiet, eerie 00:02:30
11.   IV. Unhurried 00:05:22

Total Playing Time: 01:02:24

Lees, Benjamin

Cypress String Quartet

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559628

Barcode: 636943962824

Physical Release: 07/2009

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