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Walter Piston: String Quartets Nos 1, 3 & 5

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>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 5

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>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 5
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Notes & Reviews:

Much lauded in his lifetime, Walter Piston is remembered chiefly today for his eight Symphonies, the two Violin Concertos (NXS 8559003) and the popular ballet, 'The Incredible Flutist' (NXS 8559160). This recording presents three of the five string quartets, which range from from the lithe neo-Classicism of the First Quartet and the rhythmic trenchancy and intense melodic writing of the Third Quartet to the forceful yet accessible Fifth. This is the Naxos debut of the Harlem Quartet, an ensemble comprising First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. More of Piston's chamber music is available on NXS 8559071.

Fanfare
All four members of the Harlem Quartet are first-place laureates of the Sphinx Competition, which seeks to promote the careers of black and Latino string players. They are already an accomplished ensemble, and their performances here easily outclass those of the Portland group both technically and interpretively. The recorded sound is clear and not too closely miked. My one complaint is the inexcusably short timing of this disc, at 49:43; surely at least one more quartet could have been added. Still, let's hope that a second disc will follow to complete the set; bravo to Naxos for choosing this group and advancing this project.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (11/12/2008-11/14/2008).



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>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (11/12/2008-11/14/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (11/12/2008-11/14/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1947

>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (11/12/2008-11/14/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1962