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Serious Buriness - Sky Macklay: Many Many Cadences (2014); David Reminick: The Ancestral Mousetrap (2014); Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 33/2 / Spektral Quartet [CD + Blu-ray Audio]

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  1. Many Many Cadences $0.99 on iTunes
  2. The Ancestral Mousetrap: No. 1, Killing the Ape $0.99 on iTunes
  3. The Ancestral Mousetrap: No. 4, Bringing a Dead Man Back into Life $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Ancestral Mousetrap: No. 5, The Ancestral Mousetrap $0.99 on iTunes
  5. String Quartet No. 30 in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2, Hob. III:38 "The Joke": I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. String Quartet No. 30 in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2, Hob. III:38 "The Joke": II. Scherzo. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. String Quartet No. 30 in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2, Hob. III:38 "The Joke": III. Largo e sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. String Quartet No. 30 in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2, Hob. III:38 "The Joke": IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Hack, Set 1: No. 1, Lenny Bruce $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Hack, Set 1: No. 2, Sarah Silverman $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Hack, Set 1: No. 3, Dave Chappelle $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Hack, Set 2: No. 4, George Carlin $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Hack, Set 2: No. 5, Robin Williams No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Hack, Set 2: No. 6, Dick Gregory $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Hack, Set 2: No. 7, Professor Irwin Corey $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Hack, Set 3: No. 8, Rodney Dangerfield Nos. 1 & 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Hack, Set 3: No. 9, Sam Kinison $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Hack, Set 3: No. 10, Rodney Dangerfield No. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Hack, Set 3: No. 11, Redd Foxx $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Hack, Set 3: No. 12, Rodney Dangerfield Nos. 4 & 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Hack, Set 3: No. 13, Kumail Nanjiani $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Hack, Set 3: No. 14, Rodney Dangerfield Nos. 6 & 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Hack, Set 3: No. 15, Mort Sahl $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Hack, Set 3: No. 16, Rodney Dangerfield No. 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Hack, Set 3: No. 17, Susie Essman $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Hack, Set 3: No. 18, Rodney Dangerfield No. 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Hack, Set 4: No. 19, Richard Pryor $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Hack, Set 4: No. 20, Robin Williams No. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Hack, Set 4: No. 21, Ms. Pat $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Hack, Set 4: No. 22, Tig Notaro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Macklay, Sky : Many Many Cadences, for string quartet
>Reminick, Dave : The Ancestral Mousetrap, for string quartet
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
>Fisher-Lochhead, Chris : Hack, for string quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Serious Business is not a funny album. More accurately, playing this album will not induce the brand of gut-busting, teary-eyed revelry that an episode of Chappelle's Show or a YouTube clip of Anna Karkowska's vibrato will. It is funny like the idea of a Rothko turning the stomachs of well-heeled gluttons at the Four Seasons is funny, or how anything Andy Kaufman ever suited up for is funny. It might be a little uncomfortable, rings clear in its truth, and sometimes reveals itself gradually. Serious Business comprises four different perspectives on humor through the lens of classical music - a flavor of music that could use a little more funny, in general. You, dear listener, won't be popping in this CD in the way you would a Louis C.K. special. This is an album about what makes something funny, and more importantly, a collection of music we think is brilliant, and clever, and unequivocally worth entering the cave for. Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has sought out the discourse between the great works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Creating connections across centuries, the group further invites its listeners in with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming. The ensemble is regarded for its forward-thinking endeavors including the Mobile Miniatures project, which rallied more than forty composers from across the US including David Lang, Augusta Read Thomas, Nico Muhly and Shulamit Ran to write ringtone-length pieces for download to mobile devices. In addition to finding vehicles for bringing classical music into everyday life, the Spektral Quartet prioritizes immersion and inclusivity and delivers the majority of its Chicago concerts in vibrant, unconventional venues. The Spektral Quartet proudly serves as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago's Department of Music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015).



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Works Details

>Macklay, Sky : Many Many Cadences, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Spektral Quartet
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Reminick, Dave : The Ancestral Mousetrap, for string quartet
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1781

>Fisher-Lochhead, Chris : Hack, for string quartet
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1781

>Macklay, Sky : Many Many Cadences, for string quartet
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Reminick, Dave : The Ancestral Mousetrap, for string quartet
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1781

>Fisher-Lochhead, Chris : Hack, for string quartet
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce Virginia (08/03/2015-08/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1781