Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search

Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour has established himself as one of the most gifted and sought-after composers of his generation. His music has attracted an international and illustrious array of champions, and as a devoted mentor and educator he has also had a significant impact on the younger generation of composers.

His list of commissions includes some of the most celebrated artists of our day, from Yo-Yo Ma to Emanuel Ax, from the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio to the Emerson String Quartet, together with eminent institutions such as the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Richard DANIELPOUR (b. 1956)
String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7 *

Hila Plitmann, Soprano * • Delray String Quartet

Each of these three quartets is informed by a particular theme: String Quartet No. 5, subtitled ‘In Search of La vita nuova’, reflects Richard Danielpour’s relationship with Italy over the decades, conveying a sense of journey and discovery expressed in its ultimately elliptical trajectory. Concerned with the quartet as a metaphor for family, String Quartet No. 6 explores ideas of distance, time and ultimately, leave-taking. String Quartet No. 7, subtitled ‘Psalms of Solace’, pursues the search for the Divine, successive movements taking intellect, the force of will, and romantic love as their subject before the appearance in the finale of a soprano voice.

Listen to an extract from
String Quartet No. 5, "In Search of La Vita Nuova":
II. Relentlessly driven, sustained

About the Artists
Delray String Quartet
The Delray String Quartet has established itself as one of the cultural jewels of the South Florida region. The quartet was formed in 2005 by the former concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic, Mei Mei Luo. Its current line-up features Brazilian cellist Claudio Jaffé, Argentinian violinist Tomás Cotik, and Miami native Richard Fleischman on viola. The quartet has contributed to the string quartet repertoire by commissioning new works from American composers Kenneth Fuchs and Richard Danielpour.
Hila Plitmann
GRAMMY® Award winning soprano Hila Plitmann is known worldwide for her ability to perform challenging new music. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre and song writing. She has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra.
More recordings of music by Richard Danielpour
Ancient Voices

Plitmann • Nashville Symphony
“… emotional, and epic in quality. Highly recommended for audiophiles and those of us who love contemporary music.”
Audiophile Audition
Songs of Solitude • War Songs

Hampson • Nashville Symphony
“Mr Hampson delivers with his usual sympathy and flawless musicality … The composer couldn’t ask for better performances or engineering.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
War Songs:
No. 2. Look Down, Fair Moon
Darkness in the Ancient Valley
A Woman's Life • Lacrimae Beati

Brown • Plitmann
Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
“Versatile soprano Hila Plitmann, possessed of shimmering tone
and seemingly effortless breath control, creates an engrossing,
deeply human portrait.”
Opera News
“This is a really lovely disc that
I enjoyed from first to last.”
MusicWeb International
Toward a Season of Peace

Plitmann • Pacific Chorale • Alexander
Pacific Symphony • St. Clair
“Every work I have ever heard
by Danielpour has impressed me,
and Toward a Season of Peace does
so in spades.”
  Listen to an extract from
Toward a Season of Peace:
VII. Apotheosis
“…delivered by Schwarz and the orchestra with full commitment and plenty of passion.”
MusicWeb International

View our special weekly features:
View all Features »


Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group