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American Classics - Welcher: String Quartets no 1-3 / Cassatt String Quartet

Album Summary

>Welcher, Daniel : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Cassatt")
>Welcher, Daniel : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Harbor Music")
>Welcher, Daniel : Quartet for Strings no 1
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Notes & Reviews:

Named after the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, the Cassatt String Quartet is ideally placed to interpret the music of Dan Welcher, the main theme from whose personable 'Third String Quartet' is based on the artist's name and was written for this outstanding all-female ensemble. The good humored second quartet recalls Welcher's delightful experience of the magnificent harbor for which Sydney, Australia, is world famous, while his first, unnamed, quartet is by turns abrasive, melancholy, tragic, soothing, darkly comic and ultimately victorious in character.

"University of Texas-Austin Professor Dan Welcher (b 1948) weighs in with these three fine quartets written over the last 30 years. Quartet I (1987), written for the Cleveland Quartet, has the up-and-coming 31-year-old composer experimenting with some post-serial structuralismthe piece is a fully confident, absorbing, thoroughly musical workQuartet 2 (1992)recounts the composer's trip to Sydney, Australia in mild, Vaughan Williams-neoclassic Stravinskyish mode. Quartet 3 (2007), written for the Cassatts, is a set of three pieces on Mary Cassatt's paintingsThis is an outstanding release of first rate chamber music, exquisitely played. Don't miss it." - American Record Guide



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>Welcher, Daniel : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Cassatt")
  • Notes: American Academy Of Arts And Letters, New York, NY (04/12/2008-04/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Welcher, Daniel : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Harbor Music")
  • Running Time: 11 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1992

>Welcher, Daniel : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Notes: American Academy Of Arts And Letters, New York, NY (12/06/2007-12/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary