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Cinemaphonia - classical works used in films by Janacek, Borodin, Haydn, Mozart, Shostakovich & Barber; Alexey Steblev: 'Moviemusic. Quartet' (2014) / New Russian Quartet

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet no 2 Intimate Letters
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet no 2 in D major
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet in D major (The Lark), Op. 64 no 5
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento in F major, KV 138
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Adagio and Allegretto (Elegy and Polka), for string quartet
>Steblev, Alexey : Moviemusic, for string quartet
>Barber, Samuel : Quartet no 1, Op. 11
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The very concept of the album seems to provoke a "decent" lover of music. A refined and "intellectualized" genre of chamber quartet and cinema! Half of the album is devoted to music of classical quartet works (Haydn, Mozart, Borodin, Janácek) which have been used in motion pictures in different years (Samuel Barber's famous Adagio is particularly frequent - originally the slow part of String Quartet No. 1). Also, there is Shostakovich's Elegy, the composer's first experience in the quartet genre, which later was used in his opera Katerina Izmailova. However, the main emphasis is on the quartet Cinemaphonia recorded by Alexei Steblev, a cellist, composer and member of the New Russian Quartet. Compiled from the music to Avdotia Smirnova's films Fathers and Sons (2008) and Two Days (2011), it is a selfsufficient cycle in the vein of academic tradition. The music was recorded in 2015 by the New Russian Quartet, one of today's best Russian chamber ensembles, the members of which represent the domestic tradition of ensemble playing with dignity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow (05/2015).



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Works Details

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet no 2 Intimate Letters :: Finale
  • Ensemble: New Russian Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet no 2 in D major :: Notturno
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet in D major (The Lark), Op. 64 no 5 :: Menuet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1790.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet in D major (The Lark), Op. 64 no 5 :: Finale
  • Notes: Composition written: 1790.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento in F major, KV 138 :: Andante
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Adagio and Allegretto (Elegy and Polka), for string quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Steblev, Alexey : Moviemusic, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Barber, Samuel : Quartet no 1, Op. 11 :: Adagio
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936