Modern Mandolin Quartet: Americana | Sono Luminus DSL92157

Modern Mandolin Quartet: Americana

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Label: Sono Luminus

Cat No: DSL92157

Format: Blu-ray Audio + CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th July 2012

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About

Sono Luminus presents this uniquely engaging collection of music that embodies the American spirit in 'Americana', the latest release by Modern Mandolin Quartet. The package is a 2-disc set, containing a Blu-ray Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

Expressing their opinion on their choices of musical selections for this album, the quartet writes: “This music attracted us because of the wonderful way it sounds on our instruments, particularly the Dvorák. Since the musical character of the pieces is based on various forms of American music, it lends itself extremely well to the mandolin. While many selections for piano and string music rely on idioms and techniques that may not transpose well to the mandolin, the pieces included on this disc were chosen for their vitality and the way they jumped right off the page.

Fanfare Magazine exclaims, “MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on, and packed with freshness and vitality of a kind that is rare in material of this type. These are not down-scaled, make-em-easy, just-for-kicks charts either - they are a Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST!

The Modern Mandolin Quartet was formed in 1985 to give a new voice to that most American of musical instruments, the mandolin. Following the tradition of the mandolin orchestras and chamber groups from the early twentieth century, the MMQ uses the instruments of the mandolin family which correspond to the conventional string quartet (two mandolins, mandola, and mandocello). To date the Quartet has arranged and performed over 90 works originally written for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, guitar and string quartet.

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