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String Quartets with Soprano / Valente, Juilliard Quartet

Album Summary

>Wernick, Richard : Quartet for Strings no 5 for soprano & string quartet
>Ginastera, Alberto : Quartet for Strings no 3 for soprano & string quartet, Op. 40
>Harbison, John : The Rewaking, for soprano & string quartet
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc of three major 20th century works for voice and string quartet marks the final recording by the distinguished soprano Benita Valente before her retirement from the concert stage. All three works were given their premiere performances by Benita Valente and the Julliard String Quartet. Richard Wernick's String Quartet No. 5, in four movements, is dedicated to the memory of the Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated in 1995 by an extreme Zionist nationalist at a moment when the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians appeared to have established momentum towards a positive outcome.



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Works Details

>Wernick, Richard : Quartet for Strings no 5 for soprano & string quartet
  • Performer: Benita Valente (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Ginastera, Alberto : Quartet for Strings no 3 for soprano & string quartet, Op. 40
  • Performer: Benita Valente (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1973

>Harbison, John : The Rewaking, for soprano & string quartet
  • Performer: Benita Valente (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1991