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Joan Tower: String Quartets Nos. 3-5; Dumbarton Quintet / Daedalus Quartet; Miami String Quartet; Blair McMillen, piano

Album Summary

>Tower, Joan [Composer] : White Water, string quartet no 5
>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Incandescent, string quartet no 3
>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Angels, string quartet no 4
>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Dumbarton Quintet, for piano quintet
Performer Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Widely regarded as one of America's pre-eminent living composers, Joan Tower, who is also a pianist, is particularly devoted to chamber music. Organic structures underpin her string quartets; there is 'heat from within' and radiance of texture in Incandescent, her third quartet, virtuosic interplay in No.4, Angels, and fluid connections in White Water, her fifth string quartet. Only the third composer - after Stravinsky and Copland - to be commissioned by the Dumbarton Oaks Foundation, Dumbarton Quintet pursues extremes of moods both romantically consonant and dissonant.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
The best example is Incandescent, a pulsating dance of heat and light, brilliantly sustained by the Miami Quartet. The Daedalus Quartet's presentation of White Water... is almost as impressive... everything is performed with high panache, and recorded with the warmth and clarity that every fine chamber group deserves.

Sunday Times, 8th May 2016
This disc of fairly recent chamber works by one of the most prominent American composers (b1938)...makes a vivid case for the timeless relevance of the thoroughly well argued in music...Shostakovich's influence on the Dumbarton (piano) Quintet is profoundly absorbed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/11/2015/03/12/2015); The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/24/2015/03/25/2015).



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>Tower, Joan [Composer] : White Water, string quartet no 5
  • Ensemble: Daedalus Quartet
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/24/2015/03/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Incandescent, string quartet no 3
  • Ensemble: Miami String Quartet
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/24/2015/03/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Angels, string quartet no 4
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/24/2015/03/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Dumbarton Quintet, for piano quintet
  • Performer: Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/24/2015/03/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008