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Cunningham, Michael G - An Arc of Quartets - Sirius Quartet


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As the title of this album suggests, AN ARC OF QUARTETS gives listeners unique access to a continuum of composer Michael G. Cunningham’s intricate and inviting string music. Five international string ensembles present the album’s seven compositions, including Sirius Quartet from New York; The Moravian Quartet from the Czech Republic; the Millennium Quartet from Florida; and The Pedroia Quartet and New England String Quartet, both from Massachusetts. These groups’ performances of Cunningham’s work present the hallmarks of his style of string writing, which is defined by a focus on rhythm, melody, and texture, as well as his gentle, yet often dissonant, harmonic language. Although these quartets contain a wide range of sounds and styles, Cunningham maintains a reliable attraction to tense, lyrical melodies, and energetic rhythms. One specific string effect that pervades these works is the glissando, or slide sound, that is produced easily on string instruments. In the middle of String Quartet No. 3, we can hear glissandi spangle an all-pizzicato section, while in the “Zestful” movement of String Quartet No. 5, these sliding gestures are decorated with a trill. This piece’s marriage of Cunningham’s typical style with uncontrollable, rhythmic energy marks it as one of the more abstract works on the album. Cunningham’s quartets utilize special sounds as accents to a core of intriguing textures, evocative melodies, and momentum-building rhythms, all of which remain compelling throughout the album. The composer’s impressive skill at creating musical lines is displayed particularly strongly in the “Song and Fantasia” movement of his String Quartet No. 1, a piece defined by both soulful lyricism and intense contrapuntal motion. Overall, one can admire both the experimentation and consistency present in Cunningham’s string music, as highlighted by the works included on AN ARC OF QUARTETS. The quality of each of these pieces speaks to the strength of his approach to composition. HIGHLIGHTS Michael G. Cunningham is a prolific and versatile composer, having written over 200 compositions for virtually every medium. He is a respected educator and the author of more than ten books about composition and music theory AN ARC OF QUARTETS is his sixth solo release on Navona and his first composed for string quartets. Five renowned, international groups perform the album’s compositions Across seven works, Cunningham explores elements of dissonance and intense rhythm along with his standard harmonic style Choir & Organ Magazine praised Cunningham’s orchestration on his last Navona release WISDOM, LOVE, ETERNITY, highlighting how each piece “stretches conventional tonality to the limit, often suggesting inexpressible mystery within quite orthodox forms”
Tietoja
Tuotenumero NV6081
Viivakoodi 0896931003810
Julkaisupäivä 10.3.2017
Kategoria Klassinen
Levymerkki Navona
Formaatti CD
Tuotteiden lukumäärä 2
Esittäjät
Artistit Sirius Quartet
Moravian Quartet
Pedroia Quartet
New England Quartet
Millennium Quartet
Säveltäjät Cunningham, Michael G
Levy: 1
1 Quartet No. 1 Opus 10/14
2 Quartet No. 1 Opus 10/14
3 Quartet No. 2 Three Satires Opus 22
4 Quartet No. 2 Three Satires Opus 22
5 Quartet No. 2 Three Satires Opus 22
6 Quartet No. 3 Partitions Opus 69
7 Quartet No. 3 Partitions Opus 69
8 Quartet No. 3 Partitions Opus 69
9 Quartet No. 3 Partitions Opus 69
10 Quartet No. 4 Interlacings Opus 117
11 Quartet No. 4 Interlacings Opus 117
12 Quartet No. 4 Interlacings Opus 117
13 Quartet No. 4 Interlacings Opus 117
Levy: 2
1 Quartet No. 5 Aggregates Opus 137
2 Quartet No. 5 Aggregates Opus 137
3 Quartet No. 5 Aggregates Opus 137
4 Quartet No. 6 Digital Isorhythm Opus 215
5 Quartet No. 6 Digital Isorhythm Opus 215
6 Quartet No. 6 Digital Isorhythm Opus 215
7 Quartet No. 7 Back Home Opus 241
8 Quartet No. 7 Back Home Opus 241
9 Quartet No. 7 Back Home Opus 241
10 Quartet No. 7 Back Home Opus 241
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