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The American Album: String Quartets by Dvorák, Griffes, Barber, Puts / Cypress String Quartet

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>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
>Griffes, Charles Tomlinson : Sketches Based on Indian Themes (2), for string quartet, A. 99
>Puts, Kevin : Lento Assai, for string quartet
>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings in B major, Op. 11

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
>Griffes, Charles Tomlinson : Sketches Based on Indian Themes (2), for string quartet, A. 99
>Puts, Kevin : Lento Assai, for string quartet
>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings in B major, Op. 11
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Cypress String Quartet debuted on AVIE with a recording of their namesake work, Dvo?rak's "Cypresses," coupled with the composer's expansive G major Quartet, No. 13. The Czech composer features again in the ensemble's American Album with his beloved "American" Quartet, which shares the program with Barber's String Quartet - featuring the famous Adagio central movement - "Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes" by Charles Griffes, and Ken Puts' "Lento assai."

Gramophone
Artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
The Cypress present a more reserved reading of the Barber than is common for this work and it is much the richer for it...The beautiful Lento assai, a commission from the young American composer Kevin Puts, is well placed next to the Barber...A collection of humane performances.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
The Cypress Quartet play with taut rhythms and great tonal refinement, both as individuals and in a beautifully rounded ensemble sound. A reflective approach to the more lyrical moments of the Dvorak...gives the pleasing impression that you're in the room with them while they're playing for their own enjoyment.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Cypress's release is titled The American Album, and is something of a melting-pot. We get a European composer, Native American melodies, impressionism, neo-romanticism, and a new American work inspired by European masters. I've always been a fan of Griffes's often impressionist piano music, and his two Sketches. It's an exciting work and Cypress plays it with vigor.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (2011-06-21_2011-06-24&2012-).



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (06/21/2011-06/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Griffes, Charles Tomlinson : Sketches Based on Indian Themes (2), for string quartet, A. 99
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (06/21/2011-06/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 06/1918-07/1919

>Puts, Kevin : Lento Assai, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings in B major, Op. 11
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage (06/21/2011-06/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936