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American Classics - Corigliano, Friedman: String Quartets

Album Summary

>Corigliano, John : Snapshot
>Corigliano, John : A Black November Turkey
>Corigliano, John : String Quartet
>Friedman, Jefferson : Quartet for Strings no 2
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

John Corigliano is one of the finest and most widely recognized American composers. He has won several Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award for his score for the film The Red Violin. Corigliano's nostalgic Snapshot: Circa 1909 was inspired by the photograph of his uncle and father - later to become concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic - that is reproduced on the cover of this disc. Corigliano's String Quartet, written for the farewell tour of the Cleveland Quartet, is both celebratory and wistful in tone, and won the composer two Grammy Awards. A Black November Turkey takes its title from a savage allegorical poem by Richard Wilbur, and was especially arranged for the Corigliano Quartet. The String Quartet No. 2 by Corigliano's former pupil Jefferson Friedman won the ASCAP Leo Kaplan Award and the BMI Student Composer Award in 2000.

"John Corigliano's music for string quartet included here is lush, vivacious and strongly built, and the Corigliano String Quartet plays it with fervor and imagination. The major offering, Corigliano's String Quartet from 1995, is a large-scale work in five movements, each of which encompasses a pretty detailed musical argument, and although the scope can sometimes feel a little overdone, the range of Corigliano's writing—from stark counterpoint to lustrous rhapsodizing—is always impressive. Even more striking are the two short curtain-raisers, including "Snapshot: Circa 1909," a gorgeous evocation of a sepia-toned family photograph. Also featured here is the dynamic String Quartet No. 2 of Jefferson Friedman, written when he was Corigliano's student at Juilliard; it's made up of two rhythmically vigorous outer movements and a slow movement of unnerving beauty." -San Francisco Chronicle

"In so many ways this CD of first-class string quartets by American composers, teacher and pupil, yields many rewards, especially on repeated listening. I urge lovers of the medium to be brave and sample this wonderful disc, especially at Naxos’s giveaway price." -MusicWeb-International



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>Corigliano, John : Snapshot :: Circa 1909, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Corigliano Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (10/26/2004/10/27/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Corigliano, John : A Black November Turkey
  • Ensemble: Corigliano Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (10/26/2004/10/27/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Corigliano, John : String Quartet
  • Ensemble: Corigliano Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (10/26/2004/10/27/2004)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Friedman, Jefferson : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Ensemble: Corigliano Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (10/26/2004/10/27/2004)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998