Michael Coleman, Joel Scott Davis, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Monroe Golden, Holland Hopson, Mark Lackey, Cynthia Miller, Brian Moon, Matthew Scott Phillips, Tom Reiner, Chris Steele, Lawren Brianna Ware AMERNET STRING QUARTET Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violins Michael Klotz, viola Jason Calloway, cello
The music of the Cuban-American composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia inhabits a sonic universe of its very own, one where the musical landscape is constructed in order to evoke a thorough suspension of time. The three works on the present release correspond almost precisely to the past three decades of Garcia’s career and thus present for the interpreter and listener alike a kind of survey of his development. Garcia’s mentor and teacher was Morton Feldman and the aesthetic of Feldman and his inspiration are preoccupations which color several of Garcia’s compositions.
The music of Judith Lang Zaimont is dramatic and color-forward, expressing a wide range of distilled emotion with immediate impact. Even when it moves towards non-tonality, the way it develops to reach the eventual goal reveals underlying tonal pulls. Only in the last two decades has Zaimont’s music turned clearly string-forward. Both her second and sixth symphonies are for orchestral strings, and her two string quartets, which she terms “emblem” works, were written within the past eleven years. Each quartet serves as overt contrast to the other, and each reveals a particular aspect of Zaimont’s artistic personality.
The eclectic new music composer Daniel Asia presents his three string quartets giving a wonderful view of his style! Together, these three quartets give a wonderful view of the progression and development of this seminal composer's compositional style generally, and in the medium of the string quartet genre specifically.
Dmitri Tymoczko's "Rube Goldberg Variations" presents three recent chamber works in brilliant performances. Dmitri Tymoczko is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book "A Geometry of Music (Oxford)" has been described as “a tour de force” (The Times Literary Supplement), and a “monumental achievement” (Music Theory Online). Annotator Mark Keresman writes that "Mr. Tymoczko is of the generation of composers for whom soundtrack music for films and cartoons, assorted eras of jazz, and rock carry as much literal or existential weight as the European and American notated traditions oft-referred to as 'classical'."
Composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez has been hailed as "one of the major American composers of his generation." His music has been performed by organizations such as the New York City Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Seattle, Houston Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies, among many others. His numerous awards include a Gugggenheim Fellowship and the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has served as composer-in-residence with the San Antonio Symphony and the Dallas Symphony. He is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and conducts its Musica Nova Ensemble. His sixth recording for Albany Records includes two works for string quartet and a work for violin and piano.
Fueled by a unique blend of punk, postmodern, and spectral techniques, Dorothy Hindman’s music sings and screams, breathes and howls, leaving a lasting impression like none other. Her second solo release, Tightly Wound, a double album showcasing her music for strings, stakes a solid claim for her position as one of the more fearless voices in chamber music today.
The Beethoven String Quartet needs no introduction. This album also features major works for string quartet by Benjamin Britten and erich Wolfgang Korngold. Contemporary American composer Joseph Summer contributes a work for string quartet that perfectly complements the rest of this program.
Three string quartets by the distinguished American composer Steven R. Gerber as well as a Fantasy, Fugue, and Chaconne are performed by the Amernet String Quartet. Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. They are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Gerber's String Quartet #4 was written in 1972 for the Fine Arts Quartet; #5 in 1995 for the Carpe Diem Quartet; and #6 in 2011 for the Amernet String Quartet. The Fantasy, Fugue, and Chaconne was written in 2007. In addition to this recording, Albany Records has released a recording of Gerber's piano music. Other recordings of his music appear on the Naxos, Arabesque, Chandos, and Koch International record labels.
Corigliano Quartet (Artist), John Blacklow (Artist), The Amernet String Quartet (Artist), Daniel Schlosberg (Artist), Illinois Modern Ensemble (Artist), Kevin Weng-Yew Mayner (Artist), Dmitri Tymoczko (Composer), Stephen Taylor (Conductor)
…a group of exceptional technical ability
Amernet String Quartet displays inspiration and musical integrity
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
The group is fun to watch…as the members play with such evident enjoyment
The Boston Musical Intelligencer