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Complete String Quartets

by Pikayzen Quartet, Wiersma Quartet & Kaganovskiy Quartet

Anthony Newman has been active as a composer since the 1980s. His output includes symphonies, concertos, piano, organ, and chamber music. Three brilliant quartets perform these three brilliant compositions.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Quartet, No. 1: I. Adagio-Allegro molto
Pikayzen Quartet
8:37 $0.99
2. Quartet, No. 1: II. Adagio
Pikayzen Quartet
6:04 $0.99
3. Quartet, No. 1: III. Vivace
Pikayzen Quartet
4:16 $0.99
4. Quartet, No. 2: I. Allegro assai
Wiersma Quartet
5:39 $0.99
5. Quartet, No. 2: II. Largo with Variations
Wiersma Quartet
8:31 $0.99
6. Quartet, No. 2: III. Scherzo
Wiersma Quartet
2:22 $0.99
7. Quartet, No. 2: IV. Fugue
Wiersma Quartet
4:00 $0.99
8. Quartet, No. 3: I. Allegro
Kaganovskiy Quartet
3:37 $0.99
9. Quartet, No. 3: II. Adagio
Kaganovskiy Quartet
2:44 $0.99
10. Quartet, No. 3: III. Scherzo
Kaganovskiy Quartet
3:52 $0.99
11. Quartet, No. 3: IV. Fugue
Kaganovskiy Quartet
4:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
My first string quartet was written for the Laurentian quartet and used by them in their Far East tour around 1985. It is in three movements, the first is quite extensive and a combination of French tonality around the time of Ravel and my own system of chord substitution for traditional progressions which makes it audience “friendly” and evocative of tonal music.

The second quartet is the largest one, starting with a big movement which is more like a concerto. The slow movement is a kind of sarabande with variations, but many of them are brilliant rather than being slow, The influence here is the Beethoven variation type. The scherzo is short, somewhat caustic, but with tiny interruptions of pretty tunes. It is followed by a large scale and brilliant fugue type of movement, which reminds me of the last movement of Beethoven's C-major quartet from his middle period.

In the third quartet, written quite recently, we start with a fugal movement to honor Igor Stravinsky, by using his famous tune from the Firebird. The second movement is the string quartet version of a choral work of mine with text by Mother Teresa, and the finale is again fugal, the model this time being Bach's great organ fugue in G minor.

The first movement is in sonata form, the second is a series of variations on a passionate lyric theme, and the third a kind of quadruple fugue based on four different subjects that all join together at the end. - Anthony Newman



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