Katherine Hoover: String Quartets and Trio


PACD 96045 Katherine Hover: String Music
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“Katherine Hoover is an extraordinary composer. She has a wide and fascinating vocabulary which she uses with enormous skill. Her music is fresh and individual. It is dazzlingly crafted, and will reach an audience as it provides interest to the professional musician. I do not know why her works are not yet being played by the major institutions of this country, but I am sure that she will attain the status she deserves in time. She is just too good not to be recognized, and I predict that her time will come soon.” ­John Corigliano

Parnassus Records presents with great pride its third CD release of music of Katherine Hoover. Her String Quartets are recent works. The First Quartet was inspired by Native American music and includes a quote from a Hopi lullaby. The Second Quartet, subtitled “The Knot,” deals with the untangling of musical knots. Both Quartets were written for, and premiered by, what Hoover calls “the fabulous Colorado Quartet.” The Trio, composed in 1978, was dedicated to the memory of a friend. It was recorded that year for the Leonarda label, and here receives its first CD issue.

Previous recordings of Katherine Hoover on the Parnassus label include PACD 96019, “Night Skies: Orchestral Music of Katherine Hoover,” and PACD 96031, “Kokopeli,” on which Hoover plays her best-known flute work, other flute music of her own, and works of Pleyel, J.C. Bach, Mozart, and Abel on period instruments, along with live performances of transcriptions by Bizet and Berlioz.

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Previous recordings of the Colorado Quartet have drawn such comments as:

“String quartet lovers will be baffled that this group isn’t better known. It’s not just their fine sense of ensemble; each member also presents an absorbing individuality that never taxes overall cohesion.”
–David Patrick Stearns, USA Today (on PACD 96007, Brahms Quartets Op. 51)

PACD 96024, Quartets of Schubert and Mendelssohn, was named Record of the Year in 2001 by Chamber Music America/WQXR

PACD96045 contents tracklisting:
Hoover: String Quartet No. 1 [DDD] [22:25]
[1] 1. Moderato 6:19
[2] 2. Vivace 3:47
[3] 3. Adagio (Hopi Lullaby) 6:10
[4] 4. Allegro molto 5:53
String Quartet No. 2 [DDD] [22:16]
[5] 1. Adagio 4:36
[6] 2. Allegro 5:13
[7] 3. 1/4 = 60 5:36
[8] 4. Allegro 7:29
Performed by the Colorado Quartet

Trio for piano, violin and cello [ADD] [18:02]
[9] 1. Moderato-Allegro con fuoco 5:23
[10] 2. Cantabile 7:37
[11] 3. Allegro molto con brio 4:47
Performed by Rogeri Trio


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