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David L. Post: String Quartets Nos. 2-4

> String Quartet No. 2 - I. Moderato
> String Quartet No. 2 - II. Scherzo: Allegro aggressivo
> String Quartet No. 2 - III. Molto lento
> String Quartet No. 2 - IV. Allegro agitato
> Fantasia on a Virtual Choral - Fantasia on a Virtual Choral
> String Quartet No. 4, "3 Photographs of Abelardo Morell" - I. Camera Obscura Image of Brookline View in Brady's Room
> String Quartet No. 4, "3 Photographs of Abelardo Morell" - II. Book: Pieta
> String Quartet No. 4, "3 Photographs of Abelardo Morell" - III. Map in Sink
> String Quartet No. 3 - String Quartet No. 3

Album Summary

>Post, David L. : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Post, David L. : Fantasia on a Virtual Choral, for string quaret
>Post, David L. : Quartet for Strings no 4, 'Three Photographs of Abelardo Morell'
>Post, David L. : Quartet for Strings no 3
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The string quartet has always seemed to me to be the pinnacle of musical expression," remarks David L. Post, an American composer who makes "this modest ensemble sing in seemingly impossible ways" (Fanfare). Whether inspired by the artistry of celebrated Massachusetts photographer Abelardo Morell (String Quartet No. 4) or Josef Suk’s beloved Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale Saint Wenceslas, Post’s music is notable for its approachability, clarity and humanity. Since its inception in 1986 the Hawthorne String Quartet has performed extensively throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States.

”What you will discover here--thanks also to the technically solid, articulate, and sensitive playing of the Hawthorne Quartet--is music for intelligent, musically savvy listeners who, while they may be able to appreciate, say, the stupefyingly difficult, tediously worked out music of Elliott Carter, just want to sit back and enjoy some string quartet music with some heart and soul. I know--you may be hesitant about taking a chance on string quartets from a guy born in 1949 (which I have to say was a great year); he would have come of age as a composer in the tangled disorder of the 1960s and '70s. But do not fear; this is really good music, worthy of repeated listening and certainly of inclusion in the repertoire of any respectable modern quartet. Highly recommended.”-Classicstoday.com

Fanfare
The sound on this release is airy, detailed, and fully suited to the music.

Allmusic.com
American composer David Post's (born 1949) background as a cellist and his experience playing string quartets serve him well in his writing for strings. The outstanding characteristics of the four works for string quartet recorded here are the assured fluency and idiomatic mastery of his string writing and his ability to make the ensemble sound fabulous. The... Fantasia on a Virtual Choral and the Third Quartet (2003) and the Fourth Quartet (2005), are considerably freer, more distinguished works. The Fantasia... is solidly neo-Romantic in style but it communicates authentic emotional depth and avoids sounding derivative. The Fourth Quartet is also a strong piece whose first movement is especially imaginative and evocative. The Hawthorne Quartet, whose members also play in the Boston Symphony, performs with a warmly blended, sweet tone and secure technique, making the most of the harmonic lushness of the scores. The warmth of the recorded sound beautifully suits the Romantic atmosphere of the music.

American Record Guide
Will we ever be able to thank Naxos enough for giving us so many inexpensive, easily available, decent quality recordings of worthwhile if lesser known pieces? David Post is a case in point: here we have three excellent quartets and a short fantasia, all played with elegance by the Hawthorne group, recorded with a spacious sound...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martinek Studio, Prague, Czech Republic.



Reviews

String quartets by Post are paintings in sound
Naxos excels at bringing lesser known composers and lesser played works to light and giving listeners wonderful discoveries. Such is again the case with the String Quartets #2-4 by American composer David L. Post. Post is a New Yorker by birth, cellist and composer by training at the University of Chicago and - apparently - a practicing psychologist. His music, by example of this disc, is as interesting as his background. The String Quartet #2 captures ones attention at the outset with swirling its chromaticism and mysterious energy. The exciting closing allegro agitato is a highlight of this work, written for the Martinu Quartet in Prague. Similarly, the Quartet #3 from 2003 is captivating for its single movement structure and its dark, melacholic feel, written in reflection on the war in Iraq. For me, the Quartet #4, "Three Photographs of Abelardo Morell" (2005), is the stunner in this set. As the title implies, each movement is inspired by a particular work by the contemporary artist from Brookline, MA. Fortunately, the booklet notes include the photographs as well. Morell's work seems dark and surreal and Post's music provides an atmospheric accompaniment; a reflection, not a depiction. Just stare a bit a Morrell's "Map in Sink" while listening to the third movement inspired by the same photo to experience the intent. The disc also includes the composer's "Fantasia on a Virtual Choral". This short work is also interesting but not as much as the Quartets #3 & 4, in particular. The Boston based Hawthorne String Quartet plays wonderfully and sound quality is of Naxos's usual high standards. String players should hear these works and them to their performance rep. It makes me want to find out what other terrific chamber works David Post has created!
Submitted on 12/28/10 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Post, David L. : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Running Time: 20 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Post, David L. : Fantasia on a Virtual Choral, for string quaret
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Post, David L. : Quartet for Strings no 4, 'Three Photographs of Abelardo Morell'
  • Notes: Martinek Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (09/12/2007-09/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Post, David L. : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 20 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003