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American Classics - Ives: String Quartets / Blair Quartet

Album Summary

>Ives, Charles : Fugue in C major
>Ives, Charles : A Set of Short Pieces (3)
>Ives, Charles : Quartet for Strings no 2, for string quartet, S. 58 (K. 2A3)
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Notes & Reviews:

"It's always good to have new recordings of Ives' two quartets (here including a bonus of the zany 'Scherzo for String Quartet'). They are wonderful works, the first tuneful and charming, the second one of Ives' finest mature pieces. In the Second quartet the Blair Quartet charts a middle course between the Emerson's sleek and swift version on DG and the much slower, heavier Leipzig Quartet reading on MDG. Their less-polished ensemble sonority, grainier than the competition but never in an unpleasant or inartistic way, suits the music well, whether in the plain-spun hymn tunes of the First quartet or the raucous eruptions of the Second... The sonics are also flatteringly clear and coherent, allowing plenty of contrapuntal detail to register without picking up extraneous performance noises." -Classics Today



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>Ives, Charles : Fugue in C major :: From the Salvation Army, for string quartet, S. 57 (K. 2A1)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (03/05/2004/03/06/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1898-1902

>Ives, Charles : A Set of Short Pieces (3)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (03/05/2004/03/06/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 12/24/1904

>Ives, Charles : Quartet for Strings no 2, for string quartet, S. 58 (K. 2A3)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (03/05/2004/03/06/2006)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1911-1913