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Alfano - Complete String Quartets | Naxos 8579042

Alfano - Complete String Quartets

£11.78

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8579042

Barcode: 0747313904273

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 25th August 2023

Contents

Artists

Elmira Darvarova (violin)
Mary Ann Mumm (violin)
Craig Mumm (viola)
Samuel Magill (cello)

Works

Alfano, Franco

String Quartet no.1 in D major
String Quartet no.2 in C major in three linked movements
String Quartet no.3 in G minor

Artists

Elmira Darvarova (violin)
Mary Ann Mumm (violin)
Craig Mumm (viola)
Samuel Magill (cello)

About

The Neapolitan composer Franco Alfano was prolific and highly successful in the field of opera, but he also composed three string quartets over a period framed by the two world wars. No.1 in D major was written during the First World War and stretches the limits of the quartet medium with its quasi-orchestral vigour, tied together with a habanera rhythm. No.2 in C major in Three Linked Movements, though smaller in scale, reflects the range of Alfano’s influences, which include Russian and Eastern European music, rustic dances and French impressionism. Work on No.3 in G minor was started in 1944, a year after the death of his beloved wife, to whom Alfano pays tribute in the haunting first movement. The quartet was completed in 1945 and ends with an ebullient monothematic march finale celebrating Ancient Rome.

Violinist Elmira Darvarova is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, and an award-winning performer (2017 and 2018 Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards), the first-ever female concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera and called a ‘marvellous violinist in the Heifetz tradition’ by American Record Guide.

Darvarova and cellist Samuel Magill also appear on Alfano’s Cello Sonata and Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano which can be heard on 8570928. The Strad wrote that ‘Darvarova produces a silky-smooth, voluptuous sound ideal for the concerto’s meticulous opulence, while Magill’s husky, dark timbre matches the Cello Sonata’s yearning intensity to perfection’.

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