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Dance / The Smith Quartet

Audio Samples

>Jegede, Tunde : Dancing in the Spirit, for string quartet
>Cutler, Joe : Folk Music (Daithi's Dumka), for string quartet
>Adams, John : Pavane
>     She's so fine, for string quartet
>Fitkin, Graham : Informal Dance, for string quartet
>Poppy, Andrew : Definitely Disco, for string quartet
>Finnissy, Michael : Minuet, for string quartet
>Tan Dun : Black Dance, for string quartet
>Volans, Kevin : First Dance, for string quartet
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Tango, for string quartet
>Lord, Jon : Zarabanda Solitaria, for string quartet
>Prokofiev, Gabriel : Bogle Move, for string quartet
>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Naive Waltz, for string quartet
>Dennehy, Donnacha : STAMP (to avoid erotic thoughts), for string quartet
>Bates, Django : Peculiar Terms of Physical Intimacy, for string quartet

Album Summary

>Jegede, Tunde : Dancing in the Spirit, for string quartet
>Cutler, Joe : Folk Music (Daithi's Dumka), for string quartet
>Adams, John : Pavane
>Fitkin, Graham : Informal Dance, for string quartet
>Poppy, Andrew : Definitely Disco, for string quartet
>Finnissy, Michael : Minuet, for string quartet
>Tan Dun : Black Dance, for string quartet
>Volans, Kevin : First Dance, for string quartet
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Tango, for string quartet
>Lord, Jon : Zarabanda Solitaria, for string quartet
>Prokofiev, Gabriel : Bogle Move, for string quartet
>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Naive Waltz, for string quartet
>Dennehy, Donnacha : STAMP (to avoid erotic thoughts), for string quartet
>Bates, Django : Peculiar Terms of Physical Intimacy, for string quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Smith Quartet return with their fourth disc on Signum with a new album of commissioned works and world premiere recordings, all centered on the theme of "Dance". Including works by Michael Finnissy, Joe Cutler, Graham Fitkin, Andrew Poppy, Donnacha Dennehy, John Lord, Gabriel Prokofiev, Tan Dun, John Adams, Django Bates, Keven Volans and Michael Nyman. This disc shows off the composers' distinctly different interpretations on the theme of dance music, gathering an assortment of different styles, moods and compositional technique.

"This is an exuberant collection of 14 short pieces, each by a different composer. All are played with vim and technical brilliance...the variety of response to the rhythmic impulse is impressive." -Sunday Times****

"The Smith Quartet shimmy their way through a vibrant selection of overt and covert dances by living composers: with John Adams' "Pavane" and Kevin Volans' "First Dance" the most familiar and Elena Kats-Chernin's "Naïve Waltz" the most elegant." -The Independent on Sunday

"With a smorgasbord of aesthetic approaches...some tracks inevitably appeal more than others. Finnissy's seditious upending of a classical minuet, with dance-steps forced to trip over themselves, is the standout moment for this listener...Django Bates's faux-Irish reels end matters on an exhilarating high." -Classic FM Magazine****

"These are lively, slightly hard-driven performances" -The Guardian***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (09/2009/01/2010).



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Works Details

>Jegede, Tunde : Dancing in the Spirit, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cutler, Joe : Folk Music (Daithi's Dumka), for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Adams, John : Pavane :: She's so fine, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fitkin, Graham : Informal Dance, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Poppy, Andrew : Definitely Disco, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finnissy, Michael : Minuet, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tan Dun : Black Dance, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Volans, Kevin : First Dance, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Tango, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lord, Jon : Zarabanda Solitaria, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prokofiev, Gabriel : Bogle Move, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Naïve Waltz, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dennehy, Donnacha : STAMP (to avoid erotic thoughts), for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bates, Django : Peculiar Terms of Physical Intimacy, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Smith Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary