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Gould, MacMillan: String Quartets / Alcan String Quartet

Album Summary

>Gould, Glenn [Piano] : Quartet for Strings Op 1
>MacMillan, Ernest : Quartet for Strings in C minor
>MacMillan, Ernest : Sketches (2) based on French Canadian Airs
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Notes & Reviews:

The Alcan Quartet returns with a milestone recording featuring the compositions of two giants of Canada's 20th-century music scene, Glenn Gould and Sir Ernest MacMillan. Though better known for their roles as pianist and conductor respectively, the compositions featured on this recording - Gould's 'String Quartet', opus 1, and MacMillan's 'String Quartet in C minor' and 'Two Sketches on French Canadian Airs' - are important contributions to the Canadian chamber music repertoire.

Glenn Gould defined himself as "a composer who plays piano" and his String Quartet in F minor recorded here is his "Opus 1". By coincidence, MacMillan, Canadian composer and conductor, was on the podium when 15 year old Gould made his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This CD brings us Macmillan's String Quartet in C minor and Two Sketches based on French Canadian Airs.



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Works Details

>Gould, Glenn [Piano] : Quartet for Strings Op 1
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée (Québec), Canada (04/02/2008-04/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1953-1955

>MacMillan, Ernest : Quartet for Strings in C minor
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée (Québec), Canada (04/02/2008-04/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1914-1918

>MacMillan, Ernest : Sketches (2) based on French Canadian Airs
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée (Québec), Canada (04/02/2008-04/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927