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Bartók by Heart

Bartók by Heart

The complete quartets of Béla Bartók recorded by memory by Alan Bise and Bruce Egre, released on Azica Records August 26, 2016.

When Béla Bartók began his career as a composer, he set out to capture the essence of folk music in his own compositions. Bartok’s remarkable music continues its journey from ear to ear and generation to generation just as the folk music that inspired it.

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Bartók by Heart

Bartok String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7

  • I Lento
  • II Allegretto
  • III Introduzione: Allegro - Allegro vivace

Bartok String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17

  • I Moderato
  • II Allegro molto capriccioso
  • III Lento

Bartok String Quartet No. 3

  • I Prima parte: Moderato
  • II Seconda parte: Allegro
  • III Ricapitolazione della prima parte: Moderato
  • IV Coda: Allegro molto

Bartok String Quartet No. 4

  • I Allegro
  • II Prestissimo, con sordino
  • III Non troppo lento
  • IV Allegretto pizzicato
  • V Allegro molto

Bartok String Quartet No. 5

  • I Allegro
  • II Adgio molto
  • III Scherzo
  • IV Andante
  • V Finale

Bartok String Quartet No. 6

  • I Mesto - Vivace
  • II Mesto - Marcia
  • III Mesto - Burletta: Moderato
  • IV Mesto

Brahms by Heart

Brahms by Heart

The complete quartets of Johannes Brahms recorded by memory, and the G Major viola quintet with Roger Tapping, Released on Azica Records, Brahms by Heart was recorded at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall by producer Judith Sherman.

STRINGS MAGAZINE: "The recording contributes to the feeling of being inside the music, indivisible from the beauty of the playing"

THE STRAD: "An outstanding set"

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Brahms by Heart

Brahms String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1

  • I Allegro
  • II Romanze; Poco Adagio
  • III Allegretto molto moderato e comodo
  • IV Finale: Allegro

Brahms String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2

  • I Allegro non troppo
  • II Andante moderato
  • III Quasi Minuetto: Moderato; Allegretto vivace
  • IV Finale: Allegro non assai

Jefferson Friedman: Quartets

Jefferson Friedman: Quartets

American composer Jefferson Friedman's music has been called 'impossible to resist' by The New York Times, and Sequenza 21 reports, '[Mr. Friedman] goes a lot further toward sustaining interest and tension than composers twice his age (and with Pulitzer Prizes).' Jefferson Friedman: Quartets includes pristine yet passionate recordings of the composer's second and third quartets, works that demand to be considered modern masterpieces. The performance of Friedman's Third Quartet on this album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

The Baltimore-based experimental electronic duo Matmos contributes two mind-bending 'remixes' to this album, using the quartet recordings as source material.

NEW YORK TIMES: "the vital performances reflect the players devotion to Mr. Friedman's work"

PITCHFORK MEDIA: "These pieces are defiantly old-fashioned in the best possible sense: They could be string quartets written in the 20s. But something ineffably 'off' in the progression of voices signifies that Friedman is writing now. His songful quartets earnestly probe small-scale modern human emotions: nagging doubt, creeping unease, simmering anger."

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Jefferson Friedman: Quartets

Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

Second in the Chiara New Voice Singles series, this recording features Gabriela Lena Frank's 2001 String Quartet written for the Chiara Quartet and is the definitive recording of the work.

 

". . . a luminous work that translates Andean folk music to the string quartet medium. [Gabriela Frank] has a highly refined ear, which results in string writing that is exceptionally smooth and idiomatic yet that in its imitation of panpipes and other indigenous instruments bursts with color and fresh individuality."  
•L.A. Times

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Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

Nadia Sirota "First Things First"

Nadia Sirota "First Things First"

Violist Nadia Sirota, one of the leading lights of New York's "indie-classical" scene, takes center stage with her debut recording, first things first, issued by New Amsterdam Records on May 19, 2009. Hailed by Time Out New York as one of New York's "brightest, busiest players," Nadia has earned praise for her "command and eloquence" (Boston Globe), as well as her "energy, fluidity [and] ear for electronic coloration" (New York Times). The twenty- something musician has commissioned and premiered works by some of the most talented composers of her generation, particularly the three whose music appears on first things first: Marcos Balter, Judd Greenstein, and Nico Muhly. The disc comprises five solo tracks plus Muhly's Duet No. 1 (with cellist Clarice Jensen) and Greenstein's The Night Gatherers, featuring Nadia and The Chiara String Quartet.


Chosen by the classical critics of The New York Times as a Notable CD from 2009.

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Nadia Sirota "First Things First"

Brahms and Mozart: Quintets for clarinet and strings

Brahms and Mozart: Quintets for clarinet and strings

The quintessential clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms as recorded by the Chiara Quartet and clarinetist Håkan Rosengren.

 

"Perfectly balanced between lyricism and drama, clarity and warmth, our five musicians offer insightful readings. Rosengren is thoroughly integrated, weaving his way into the very fabric of the string texture as though he's been playing with them for ages." --William Stibor, NPR

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Brahms and Mozart: Quintets for clarinet and strings

Triptych

Triptych

Triptych was written for the Chiara Quartet in 2002 by Robert Sirota.

This powerful and spiritually uplifting tribute to the memory of the victims of 9/11 has been well-received in diverse audience settings.

"The work's integrity and wellwrought material made a positive impression, which augurs well for a life well beyond the topical. The performance was equally persuasive."

•The Strad

"Robert Sirota's Triptych...is explicitly related to 9/11. Sirota has avoided gimmickry and sensationalism, however, and there's a sincerity to this string quartet that will give it [...] staying power[.] The music is heartfelt and honest, without becoming hysterical, morbid, or pretentious. I hear nothing to suggest that this performance is anything less than definitive."
•Fanfare

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Triptych