1 800 222 6872

Harold Brown: Music for Strings - String Quartet No. 1; Quintet / Tessera Quartet, Louise Schulman, viola

Album Summary

>Brown, Harold : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Brown, Harold : String Quintet
>Brown, Harold : Quartet for Strings (1930)
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is the first to draw attention to the compositional creativity of violist, teacher and choral director Harold Brown (1909-1979). He is remembered as one of the pioneers of the early music movement in North America, performing and recording Renaissance choral music in the mid 20th century. A graduate of Columbia, Brown taught at New York's High School of Music and Art and at Mansfield State College, and enriched the lives of a whole generation of New York singers with his promotion of the early choral music repertoire. The founder of the Renaissance Chorus of New York, the organization continues to be active today under the name of the Renaissance Chorus Association. Brown's chamber works for strings were composed mostly in the early to mid-1930s, and represent Brown's youthful, passionate style.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The three-movement (fast-slow-fast) string quintet (1935) also uses the quasi-modal harmonic idiom that Brown deploys in II of his 1932 quartet, though here with consistency - and thus more effectively. This sonorous enriched-modal language has a vocal quality to it, especially in the very beautiful hymn-like central andante, and is also somehow "American" sounding. Indeed, the quintet shows enough affinities with Harris and Copland that (unlike the string quartets) it could probably be identified as an American work of the middle 1930s. It's certainly the most fully mature work here - though I still retain a special fondness for that dulcet 1930 quartet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 05/2011.



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review

Works Details

>Brown, Harold : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Tessera String Quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930s

>Brown, Harold : String Quintet
  • Performer: Louise Schulman (Viola)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Brown, Harold : Quartet for Strings (1930)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930