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'Illuminations' - Strings Quartets by Debussy, Britten, Osvaldo Golijov & Stacy Garrop / Avalon String Quartet

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
>Britten, Benjamin : Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
>Britten, Benjamin : Alla Marcia, for string quartet
>Garrop, Stacy : Quartet for Strings no 4 ("Illuminations")
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Tenebrae, version for string quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Avalon String Quartet, "a remarkably fine ensemble" (The Strad), makes its Cedille Records debut with an irresistible and richly varied program of captivating works by Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, Osvaldo Golijov, and rising American composer Stacy Garrop. The ensemble presents the world-premiere recording of Garrop's String Quartet No. 4: Illuminations, a tantalizing, Pictures at an Exhibition-style tour of spectacular illustrations from an ornate medieval manuscript. Debussy's lush, exotic String Quartet in G minor unfolds through iridescent quasi-orchestral textures. Golijov's lyrical, deeply moving Tenebrae (Latin for "shadows"), written for the Kronos Quartet, pays tender tribute to the earth, depicted in its remote celestial beauty, haunted by undertones of human discord. Britten's youthful, energetic Three Divertimenti and Alla Marcia are alluring, rarely recorded studies in inventiveness and perpetual motion. The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music. "... an ensemble that invites you - ears, mind, and spirit - into its music." (Chicago Tribune)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of (12/15/2014-12/18/2014).



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>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
  • Ensemble: Avalon String Quartet
  • Notes: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (12/15/2014-12/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Britten, Benjamin : Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
  • Notes: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (12/15/2014-12/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Britten, Benjamin : Alla Marcia, for string quartet
  • Notes: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (12/15/2014-12/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Garrop, Stacy : Quartet for Strings no 4 ("Illuminations")
  • Notes: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (12/15/2014-12/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Golijov, Osvaldo : Tenebrae, version for string quartet
  • Notes: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (12/15/2014-12/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002