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Samuel Adler: String Quartets no 8 & 9; Piano Quintet / Jerome Lowenthal, piano

Album Summary

>Adler, Samuel : Quartet for Strings no 8
>Adler, Samuel : Piano Quintet
>Adler, Samuel : Quartet for Strings no 9
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Esterhazy Quartet commissioned Samuel Adler's String Quartet No. 9 on the occasion of their 40th anniversary in 2010. Accompanying this string quartet are two other works - a piano quintet written in 2000-2001 and Adler's String Quartet No. 8, which was composed in 1988. Born in 1928, Samuel Adler's has had a long and distinguished career as a composer. He is the composer of more than 400 works; his music has been performed around the world; he is the author of three books; the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement in Music Award; and a professor emeritus at Eastman and on the faculty at Juilliard. The Esterhazy Quartet has performed on three continents and garnered international accolades from critics. They are the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Missouri, and are widely recognized for their commitment to performing the music of our time. They are joined by virtuoso pianist Jerome Lowenthal, who, while born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Adler is probably best known for his chamber music, and there are many recordings of it. Everything I've heard by Adler is worth hearing and admirably put together. Three of Adler's rather recent chamber works fill this well-played-and-recorded Albany release. Quartets 8 and 9, each in four movements, were written in 1988 and 2010; his one-movement, 14-minute piano quintet is from 2001. Allegros are muscular and often biting, andantes are thoughtful and nostalgic. I do enjoy these pieces and am particularly drawn into the humane contemplation of Quartet 9's slow movement followed by the life-affirming humor and ebullience of its scherzo - which boasts a joyous and giddy waltzing tune that one can even sing along to.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Harrison Studios, Belchertown, Massachusetts (10/24/2009-10/25/2009); Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (10/24/2009-10/25/2009).



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Works Details

>Adler, Samuel : Quartet for Strings no 8
  • Ensemble: Esterhazy Quartet
  • Notes: Harrison Studios, Belchertown, Massachusetts (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Adler, Samuel : Piano Quintet
  • Performer: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2000-2001

>Adler, Samuel : Quartet for Strings no 9
  • Notes: Harrison Studios, Belchertown, Massachusetts (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010