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Soirées D'été

by Chicago Harp Quartet

Debut album recording designed to showcase the extraordinary abilities, power and versatility of the harp quartet.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro (Arr. By Ml Williams)
5:51 $0.99
2. Guitar Quintet in D Major, G. 448: Grave Assai E Fandango (Arr. By Ml Williams)
10:44 $0.99
3. Soirées D'été: I. Sous Les Sophoras
3:01 album only
4. Soirées D'été: II. Sous Les Chênes
4:21 album only
5. Soirées D'été: III. Sous Les Platanes
3:27 album only
6. Musings: I.
3:43 $0.99
7. Musings: II. Lento
3:28 $0.99
8. Musings: III. Con Brio
3:38 $0.99
9. Wedding Day At Troldhaugen, Op. 65 (Arr. By Ml Williams)
6:09 $0.99
10. L'estro Armonico Concerto No. 10, Rv 580, Op. 3: I. Allegro (Arr. By Ml Williams)
3:59 $0.99
11. L'estro Armonico Concerto No. 10, Rv 580, Op. 3: II. Largo (Arr. By Ml Williams)
2:05 $0.99
12. L'estro Armonico Concerto No. 10, Rv 580, Op. 3: III. Allegro (Arr. By Ml Williams)
3:37 $0.99
13. Tierra Mestiza (Arr. By Bullen & Williams)
3:16 $0.99
14. Orpheus in the Underworld: Galop (Arr. By B. Andres)
2:09 $0.99
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Album Notes

Chicago Harp Quartet

Marguerite Lynn Williams
Katherine Ventura
Catherine Litaker
Emily Ann Granger

The Chicago Harp Quartet is dedicated to bringing the harp ensemble to center stage. By combining the unique backgrounds of each member as extensively trained orchestral and chamber musicians, CHQ brings an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music. Members of this dynamic quartet have performed on stages across the globe spanning five continents with some of the world’s greatest ensembles including: Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony. The inaugural season of the quartet saw the unveiling of the CHQ Composition Contest funded through a generous grant from the American Harp Society, a premiere performance of Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico Op. 3 Concerto No. 10 with the International Chamber Artists funded through a generous grant from The Saints Foundation, a performance on LIVE from WFMT Chicago’s Classical Music Station, a performance at Lyon & Healy’s 150th Birthday Festival, as well as the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society Conference in New Orleans.

Soirées d’été is the debut recording of the quartet designed to showcase the extraordinary abilities of all the musicians and power and versatility of the harp ensemble.

Program Notes:

The Brandenburg Concerti written by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), are a collection of six instrumental concerti considered some of the most important orchestral compositions of the Baroque period. The final Allegro of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048, originally scored for three violins, three violas, three cellos and basso continuo, is an example of musical dialogue in which the themes are exchanged between voices in a fugal fashion.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) wrote Guitar Quintet in D Major, G. 448 in 1798. “Grave assai e Fandango” begins with a delicate D Major introduction and abruptly shifts to a rhythmic Fandango in A Minor. This arrangement for four harps and castanets presents a lively exchange of melodic themes and dance rhythms. Castanets played by guest artist Vadim Karpinos, Assistant Principal Timpani/Percussion of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Soirées d’été, by Bernard Andrés (b. 1941), was commissioned by the Chicago Harp Quartet, represented by Katherine Ventura, in the Summer of 2013. A prolific composer for the Harp and Harp Ensemble coupled with his unique composition style, made Bernard Andres a natural choice as CHQ’s 1st commission. Consisting of three movements (each named after a tree native to his home country of France), the work evokes a joyous and spirited evening of celebration and dance. This is the world premiere recording of Soirées d’été.

Musings was written for the Chicago Harp Quartet by founding member Marguerite Lynn Williams (b. 1979). The music was inspired by the band Muse, each movement exploring an emotional expression. The musical palindrome in II. Lent, creates a seemingly perfect mirror image of its’ self, but carries the weight and experience of the musical journey that has come before.

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) composed Wedding Day at Troldhaugen in 1896 in celebration of his 25th wedding anniversary to his wife, Nina. Troldhaugen (“Troll’s Home”) is the name Grieg gave to the home he had built at Bergen. The work’s festive first section depicts the good wishes given by guests to the newlyweds. The second more contemplative section perhaps represents the more intimate and nostalgic feelings between the lovers.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is known as one of the greatest Italian Baroque composers with his compositions influencing music all over Europe. Vivaldi wrote L'estro Armonico, Op. 3 in 1711 as a collection of twelve concertos for one, two and four violins. This collection of concerti has been described as the most important Italian instrumental music of the first half of the eighteenth century and was influential in augmenting Vivaldi's popularity along with helping solidify his reputation as Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest). Concerto No. 10 was originally written for 4 violins and string orchestra.

Tierra Mestiza was written by Gerardo Tamez (b. 1948) in 1976 as part of a group called Los Folkloristas. It has now become a favorite standard among guitarists and ensembles. Tierra Mestiza presents an allusion to a strong cultural identity known as the mestizo/a culture which represented a post-revolutionary modern Mexican National Identity.

Jacues Offenbach (1819-1880) wrote Orphee aux enfers as an Opera Bouffon (form of Operetta) The Galop Infernal from Act II Scene 1 shocked audiences at the premiere with it's risque innuendoes and satire, however this piece has been made famous outside of the classical music world as the music for the can-can. This arrangement for 4 harps was done by Bernard Andres as a special gift to the Chicago Harp Quartet.



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