Diamond: String Quartets, etc / Potomac Quartet, et al

> String Quartet No. 4 - I. Allegro deciso
> String Quartet No. 4 - II. Fuga - Adagio, "Vires acquirit eundo"
> String Quartet No. 4 - III. Scherzo - Allegro molto
> String Quartet No. 4 - IV. Theme and 10 Variations - Coda - Presto - Stretta
> String Quartet No. 7 - I. Introduzione - Allegro agitato - Theme and 13 Variations - Perorazione
> String Quartet No. 7 - II. Adagio - Fuga Seconda - Allegro energico
> Night Music - Night Music

Album Summary

>Diamond, David : Quartet for Strings no 4
>Diamond, David : Quartet for Strings no 7
>Diamond, David : Night Music for accordion & string quartet
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This final volume of Albany's excellent David Diamond quartet series contains his grandest work in the medium: the Fourth Quartet. At nearly 40 minutes long, it's a big, tough piece of writing containing a massive second-movement fugue and a big theme and variations finale. The music isn't easy, nor is this performance entirely free from a sense of strain (to an extent this is implicit in the music itself); but the Potomac Quartet more than captures the music's tension and epic scale. While certainly not an easy listen, Diamond's writing is such that you can always tell where the music is going and sense its underlying purpose. And there are plenty of ingratiating moments, including the terrific scherzo third movement. The Seventh Quartet, dedicated to Walter Piston, also includes a theme and variations (first movement this time), as well as a cleverly structured adagio-fugue-allegro finale. The Adagio section is particularly beautiful, as is the entire Night Music for Accordion and String Quartet. Diamond treats the accordion very sensitively and poetically, and the music never sounds in the least odd or unnatural, a neat feat given the combination of forces. The engineering upholds the fine standards of the series to date, and while obviously designed to appeal to hard-core chamber music fanciers, this is really good music, and an eminently collectable series, that deserves a wider audience (at least a little bit wider!). Savor it at your leisure." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Diamond, David : Quartet for Strings no 4
  • Ensemble: Potomac String Quartet
  • Running Time: 38 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Diamond, David : Quartet for Strings no 7
  • Ensemble: Potomac String Quartet
  • Running Time: 23 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963-1964

>Diamond, David : Night Music for accordion & string quartet
  • Performer: Carmelo Pino (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Potomac String Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern