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Avalon String Quartet plays Biggs, Wickman, Gryc

> O Sapientia / Steal away - I. Prelude: O Sapientia
> O Sapientia / Steal away - II. Interruption: Scherzo - Trio - Scherzo - Conclusion: O Sapientia
> O Sapientia / Steal away - III. Steal away
> Namaste - I. Kingdom of Sorrows
> Namaste - II. Vishnu awakens to destroy Madhu and Kaitabha
> Namaste - III. Incarnation of the Divine
> Namaste - IV. Time, matter, light…Prana
> Namaste - V. Exhilaration; Reconciliation
> String Quartet - I. Presto
> String Quartet - II. Lento - Allegro molto
> String Quartet - III. Adagio
> String Quartet - IV. Presto sotto voce
> A Muse - A Muse

Album Summary

>Biggs, Hayes : O Sapientia/Steal Away, for string quartet
>Wickman, Ethan : Namaste, for string quartet
>Gryc, Stephen : String Quartet
>MacBride, David Huston : A Muse, for string quartet
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you- ears, mind, and spirit- into its music," the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country's leading ensembles. Formed in 1995 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern's Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 1997. As a result, Mr. Stern invited the Avalon Quartet to perform in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem and presented the ensemble's Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. The quartet captured the top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich (2000) as well as the First Prize at Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York (1999). The quartet is in residence at Northern Illinois University. Their recording on Channel Classics won the Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award in 2002.

"Here is an interesting cross section of contemporary American quartets. All four were written and premiered in the past eight years. They share a harmonic language that might be termed liberated tonality. While each work has a specific program and background, explained in the composer's accompanying notes, this selection can be appreciated perfectly well as absolute music... Four worthwhile works, then, all deserving of a place in the repertoire. The impressive Avalon String Quartet does them a huge service. (Members are: Blaise Magniere, Marie Wang, violins; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello.) Sound quality is excellent. The CD booklet helpfully states that scores are available direct from the composers; I predict plenty of string players will soon be in touch." - Phillip Scott, Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois Univer (2008-05-24_2008-05-25&2008-).



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>Biggs, Hayes : O Sapientia/Steal Away, for string quartet
  • Notes: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University, IL (2008-05-24_2008-05-25&2008-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Wickman, Ethan : Namasté, for string quartet
  • Notes: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University, IL (2008-05-24_2008-05-25&2008-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Gryc, Stephen : String Quartet
  • Notes: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University, IL (2008-05-24_2008-05-25&2008-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>MacBride, David Huston : A Muse, for string quartet
  • Notes: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University, IL (2008-05-24_2008-05-25&2008-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002