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American Anthem - The music of Samuel Barber & Howard Hanson / Ying Quartet

Audio Samples

>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings in B major, Op. 11
>Barber, Samuel : Serenade for Strings, Op. 1
>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
>Hanson, Howard : Quartet for Strings in 1 movement, Op. 23
>Hanson, Howard : Concerto da Camera for piano and string quartet in C, Op 7
>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
>Unspecified : [Untitled DVD Track]

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings in B major, Op. 11
>Barber, Samuel : Serenade for Strings, Op. 1
>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
>Hanson, Howard : Quartet for Strings in 1 movement, Op. 23
>Hanson, Howard : Concerto da Camera for piano and string quartet in C, Op 7
>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
>Unspecified : [Untitled DVD Track]
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Notes & Reviews:

Sono Luminus has come together again with the amazing talent of the Ying Quartet and is excited to release American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber & Howard Hanson. Bringing together musical selections that are truly expressive of the American spirit, this album also includes a selection from American composer Randall Thompson, and features pianist Adam Neiman and baritone Randall Scarlata.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Barber's familiar quartet shows the Yings' precise technical skill and deep artistry. This one is notable. It stands alone just fine, and I'm glad we finally have it available for our enjoyment. Barber's three-movement Serenade, Op. 1, is also included. It's rather carefree and perhaps would make a better home. On two pieces, the Yings are joined by guest musicians. And Howard Hanson's Concerto de Camera, with pianist Adam Nieman, is chamber music. The Yings and Nieman play with the utmost taste. Hanson's quartet is a single-movement work, about 15 minutes long. Orchestral textures - particularly tremolos - are used effectively here. I especially enjoy the work's opening, where a short, stepwise melodic motive, first played as a solo. As what feels like a sort of encore, the final track is the Ying Quartet's own arrangement of Randall Thompson's Alleluia. It is simple and beautiful, the perfect epilogue to a program rich with emotion.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012).



Reviews

Excellent performances of American works by the Ying…
This disc consists primarily of works by Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson, as well as a piece from Randall Thompson. The first work is Barber’s “String Quartet Op. 11”, and every American is certainly familiar with the Adagio movement. The Ying does a great job of playing the entire piece and not just focusing on the Adagio – and that particular movement has a more integrated feel when played in context with the other movements. Also featured is Barber’s “Serenade, Op. 1”, which is somewhat airy and simultaneously somber in the first movement, but rather spritely and joyful at the beginning of the third. The final Barber work on the disc is titled “Dover Beach, Op. 3” featuring Randall Scarlata, and it is both lyrical, reaching, and somber. The text of the poem is included in the liner notes.

Next is “String Quartet in One Movement, Op. 23”, by Howard Hanson. This work is very emotional and dramatic, and would certainly come off as being overly so were it not for the sensitivity and virtuosity of the Ying. They are a perfect match for this piece, and keep a wonderful balance between the technical and emotional elements. This is good stuff. Hanson’s “Concerto Da Camera, Op. 7”, follows, and it is rather a juxtaposition between the musical material of the quartet and the piano, while at the same time warm and lush, giving way to dramatic musical material as well.

The last work on the recording is Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia” which is simply breathtaking The piece and Hanson’s were worth the price of the disc in and of themselves.

The Sono Luminus label has provided both a conventional CD as well as a Blu-Ray audio CD, and the sound quality on both is fantastic. This is a wonderful recording from one of the best Chamber Music groups touring today. Highly recommended..

Submitted on 06/10/13 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings in B major, Op. 11
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Barber, Samuel : Serenade for Strings, Op. 1
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1929

>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
  • Performer: Randall Scarlata (Baritone)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Hanson, Howard : Quartet for Strings in 1 movement, Op. 23
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Hanson, Howard : Concerto da Camera for piano and string quartet in C, Op 7
  • Performer: Adam Neiman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1917

>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Unspecified : [Untitled DVD Track]
  • Period Time: Modern