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4+Four / Turtle Island Quartet, Ying String Quartet

Audio Samples

>Nelson, Oliver : Yearnin'
>Summer, Mark : Julie-O, version for 2 cellos
>Balakrishnan, David : Mara's Garden of False Delights, for 2 string quartets
>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
>Price, Evan : Variations on an Unoriginal Theme, for 2 string quartets
>Lennon, John : Because

Album Summary

>Nelson, Oliver : Yearnin'
>Summer, Mark : Julie-O, version for 2 cellos
>Balakrishnan, David : Mara's Garden of False Delights, for 2 string quartets
>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
>Price, Evan : Variations on an Unoriginal Theme, for 2 string quartets
>Lennon, John : Because
Performers Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This album received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album.

Personnel: Janet Ying, Timothy Ying, David Balakrishnan, Evan Price (violin); Phillip Ying (viola); David Ying, Mark Summer (cello).

Recording information: Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard; Sosnoff Auditorium, Richard B. Fisher Center For The Pe.

The Turtle Island Quartet has always been a difficult group to pigeonhole into any prefabricated category, and this session is no exception to that rule. During this meeting with the classical Ying Quartet, they cover a wide variety of music. The opener is "Yearnin'," a marvelous blues by the late jazzman Oliver Nelson, with a series of playful solos. The cellists from each group share a duet of Mark Summer's "Julie-O," a piece that is occasionally suggestive of the works of Aaron Copland and showcases their abilities playing both pizzicato and arco. Violinist David Balakrishnan contributed the ambitious three-part suite "Mara's Garden of False Delights," an exotic piece that provides the most fertile meeting ground for the two quartets. Darius Milhaud's La Création du Monde demonstrates the French composer's interest in jazz, as the two groups join forces for a turbulent adaptation of this early 20th century ballet score. Even the Beatles' "Because" is successfully arranged by violinist Evan Price into a vehicle for their musical explorations, which recognize no boundaries. This music is even more stunning as heard on the Super Audio Surround Sound edition, though it is also available as a regular CD. ~ Ken Dryden

REVIEWS:

Down Beat (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "The groups plays so well off each other that any lines drawn in the sand - classics meet blues, strict vs. loose interpretation - are blurred by mutual creative breezes."



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Works Details

>Nelson, Oliver : Yearnin'
  • Performers: Ying Quartet; Turtle Island String Quartet; David Balakrishnan (Violin); Evan Price (Violin); Mads Tolling (Viola); Mark Summer (Cello); Timothy Ying (Violin); Janet Ying (Violin); Phillip Ying (Viola); David Ying (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ying Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Summer, Mark : Julie-O, version for 2 cellos
  • Performers: David Ying (Cello); Mark Summer (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Balakrishnan, David : Mara's Garden of False Delights, for 2 string quartets
  • Performers: Ying Quartet; Turtle Island String Quartet; David Balakrishnan (Violin); Evan Price (Violin); Mads Tolling (Viola); Mark Summer (Cello); Timothy Ying (Violin); Janet Ying (Violin); Phillip Ying (Viola); David Ying (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ying Quartet
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
  • Performers: Ying Quartet; Turtle Island String Quartet; David Balakrishnan (Violin); Evan Price (Violin); Mads Tolling (Viola); Mark Summer (Cello); Timothy Ying (Violin); Janet Ying (Violin); Phillip Ying (Viola); David Ying (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Turtle Island String Quartet
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Price, Evan : Variations on an Unoriginal Theme, for 2 string quartets
  • Performers: Ying Quartet; Turtle Island String Quartet; David Balakrishnan (Violin); Evan Price (Violin); Mads Tolling (Viola); Mark Summer (Cello); Timothy Ying (Violin); Janet Ying (Violin); Phillip Ying (Viola); David Ying (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ying Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lennon, John : Because
  • Performers: Ying Quartet; Turtle Island String Quartet; David Balakrishnan (Violin); Evan Price (Violin); Mads Tolling (Viola); Mark Summer (Cello); Timothy Ying (Violin); Janet Ying (Violin); Phillip Ying (Viola); David Ying (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Turtle Island String Quartet
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio