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American Classics - Sessions: Quartet, etc

Album Summary

>Sessions, Roger : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello
>Sessions, Roger : Canons for string quartet, "To the Memory of Igor Stravinsky"
>Sessions, Roger : Pieces (6) for cello
>Sessions, Roger : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Roger Sessions' influence as a teacher of American composers compares favorably with that of Schoenberg, Hindemith, and Boulanger. In his works he evolved a remarkably compact polyphonic idiom, dissonant yet remarkably lyrical. He won every major award, including a Pulitzer Prize. This CD features a first recording of his 'Quintet for Strings' (1958) and 'Canons (to the memory of Igor Stravinsky)' of 1971.



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Works Details

>Sessions, Roger : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello
  • Performer: Jenny Douglass (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Notes: State University of New York at Purchase, Recital Hall (04/15/1992-04/16/1992)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1958

>Sessions, Roger : Canons for string quartet, "To the Memory of Igor Stravinsky"
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Notes: State University of New York at Purchase, Recital Hall (04/15/1992-04/16/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Sessions, Roger : Pieces (6) for cello
  • Performer: Joshua Gordon (Cello)
  • Notes: State University of New York at Purchase, Recital Hall (04/15/1992-04/16/1992)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Sessions, Roger : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Notes: State University of New York at Purchase, Recital Hall (04/15/1992-04/16/1992)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1936