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PACD 96024 Complete Contents. Colorado String Quartet: Schubert and Mendelsson String Quartets

The Colorado String Quartet
The Colorado String Quartet continues its recording career with a coupling of two of the most tragic and dramatic works in the chamber music repertoire. Schubert's Quartet in D Minor, D. 8lO, Death and the Maiden is among the most familiar of all string quartets. Mendelssohn's Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, is a seldom-performed masterpiece. Both share the theme of death, Schubert's in its subject matter, Mendelssohn's in its circumstances and tone. It was the only major work Mendelssohn wrote between the sudden, shocking death of his beloved sister (and fellow-composer) Fanny and his own death half a year later.

The Colorado String Quartet's first CD for Parnassus, Brahms's two String Quartets, Op. 51 (PACD 96007) was a great critical success and has already gone through three printings. Martin Anderson wrote of it in Fanfare, "This is simply one of the best discs of chamber music to come my way in a long, long time....I have played it again and again since it arrived, and every time it sets my musical adrenaline coursing. Do yourself a favor and buy it." And David Patrick Stearns wrote in USA Today, "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 projects an absorbing individuality that never taxes overall cohesion. Both quartets go well, but Op. 51 No. 1 is amazing, thanks to a rhythmic urgency that brings out the music's youthful energy and keeps melancholy moments from lapsing into tedious self pity."

Since releasing its first Parnassus CD, the Colorado String Quartet has widened its audience with appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival (including concerts on three consecutive days), the Bard Music Festival, and many new venues. The ensemble maintains its yearly Soundfest every Summer in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where it performs and teaches younger groups.

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PACD 96024 DDD TT: 66:29
Complete Contents
Schubert:Quartet in D Minor, D, 810, "Death and the Maiden" (39:22)
  • 1. Allegro (11:53)
  • 2. Andante con moto (14:00)
  • 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto (3:55)
  • 4. Presto (9:23)
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 (26:52)
  • 1. Allegro assai (7:18)
  • 2. Allegro assai (5:15)
  • 3. Adagio (8:26)
  • 4. Finale: Allegro molto (5:40)

Recorded September 9-11, 1997, in the Recital Hall, Music Division, SUNY, Purchase, NY
Produced and Engineered by Judith Sherman Colorado String Quartet:
Julie Rosenfeld, Violin 1 - Deborah Redding, Violin 2 - Francesca Martin Silos, Viola - Diane Chaplin, Cello

Fanfare Review
Fanfare Review
American Rcord Guide Review
American Record Guide review
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