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Composing America - Chamber music by John Adams, Bolcom, Copland & Moravec / Lark Quartet

Audio Samples

>Adams, John : John's Book of Alleged Dances, for string quartet
>Bolcom, William : Billy in the Darbies, for voice & string quartet
>Copland, Aaron : Pieces (2), for string quartet
>Moravec, Paul : Piano Quintet

Album Summary

>Adams, John : John's Book of Alleged Dances, for string quartet
>Bolcom, William : Billy in the Darbies, for voice & string quartet
>Copland, Aaron : Pieces (2), for string quartet
>Moravec, Paul : Piano Quintet
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

One might be forgiven for finding the title Composing America a tad ambitious; it begs a number of questions, not the least of which is "just whose America is this"? The music on this varied, imaginative CD answers that question definitively: this is an America of vital, forcefully argued concert music with roots deep in the American vernacular. Each work, to varying degrees, presents the listener with a distinct transformation of the popular and folk musics that have defined America. Promising to deliver "a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance" (The Washington Post), The Lark Quartet continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and artistry.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purcha.



Reviews

An engaging survey of American music
The Lark Quartet's latest release is a broad sampling of American string quartet music -- and it's broad in many ways. First, it ranges from the 1928 modernism of Aaron Copland, through the minimalism of John Adams, the populist sound of William Bolcolm and ending with the more formal writing of Paul Moravec.

It's also broad in it's inclusion of performers. the selections from "John's Book of Alleged Dances" (John Adams) features percussionist Yousif Sheronick. Bolcom's "Billie in the Darbies" has the quartet accompanying baritone Stephen Salters. The Moravec work is a Piano Quartet, which the quartet performs with pianist Jeremy Denk. Only eight minutes of the program, Copland's "Two Pieces for String Quartet" are for sting quartet alone.

And all of it's to the good. The variety of styles, forces, and sounds make this an interesting album to listen to straight through. The Lark's clear, straight-forward sound seems perfectly suited to this material.
Submitted on 03/13/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Adams, John : John's Book of Alleged Dances, for string quartet
  • Performer: Yousif Sheronick (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Lark Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Bolcom, William : Billy in the Darbies, for voice & string quartet
  • Performer: Stephen Salters (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Copland, Aaron : Pieces (2), for string quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Moravec, Paul : Piano Quintet
  • Performer: Jeremy Denk (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY (04/03/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music