Ying Quartet plays Lifemusic III
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Label: Sono Luminus
Cat No: DSL92114
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th September 2010
String Quartet no.3, op.102 'to the victims of war'
The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. At the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons and the White House.
The Ying Quartet’s ongoing LifeMusic commissioning project, created in response to their commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire, has already achieved an impressive history. Supported by the Institute for American Music, they commission both established and emerging composers to create music that reflects contemporary American life.
Ying Quartet Plays LifeMusic III features new works by Sebastian Currier, Pierre Jalbert, Paul Moravec and Lowell Liebermann. These works deal with a variety of topics, from an elegy for a future that must not happen (New Orleans being submerged under water like Atlantis, not of the mythic past, but one of the too possible future) to a work dedicated “To the Victims of War” and to that of the natural beauty, fragility and harshness of the icefields of the north.
This sonic journey truly achieves stellar heights of sonic integration with the pieces and connection with the listener, just as these amazing works open new doors to the string quartet’s repertoire.
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