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The Curtis Session

by Dover Quartet

A young string ensemble caught up in an unexpected moment of magic: two microphones, four movements... one take each with no edits! A stunning glimpse into these brilliant young musicians.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dreams from Life Awake: I. Reverberation-Exploration-Flow
6:33 $1.29
2. Dreams from Life Awake: II. Tenderness-Love-Warmth
8:04 $1.29
3. Dreams from Life Awake: III. Evolution-Growth-Transformation
10:17 $1.29
4. Dreams from Life Awake: IV. Determination-Energy-Resolve
5:59 $1.29
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A moment captured in time… ideally, this is one of the best things that a recording can offer. In this case, a musical portrait of a young ensemble caught up in an unexpected moment of magic: two microphones, four movements…one take each with no edits! A stunning glimpse into the brilliant musicianship of the Dover Quartet.

The backstory of The Curtis Session took place in 2013, when the ensemble decided to make an informal recording of Dreams from life awake at the Curtis Institute. Scheduled one night after their Kimmel Center debut concert, the quartet was relaxed and focused. They navigated intricate ensemble writing with ease, and with each subsequent movement the group’s energy gathered and sharpened. Complete commitment to each other and the music, transformed the informal recording into a beautiful portrait of young musicians under the powerful influence of musical synchronicity. Ultimately, The Curtis Session places the listener literally right in front of a brilliant young string quartet on a very special evening.

Dreams from life awake was composed in 2012-2013 and was commissioned by the Dover Quartet to whom it is dedicated. The premiere performance took place on October 5th, 2013 for the Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia, MD.

The music begins with a dramatic introduction, which foreshadows ideas and textures that will be heard throughout the quartet. The second movement is a continuously evolving meditation on lyricism-with melodies juxtaposed and layered in beautiful counterpoint.

Contrasts of musical textures and speeds are featured in the third movement along with broadly expansive chords that shift like a kaleidoscope. Alternating with these block sounds are moods that range from fast with rhythmical accents all the way to tranquil quietude.

The finale has a type of perpetual motion fever with constant interruptions. This driving and energetic music is built with a four-note figure, inspired by guitar-like hammer-ons and pull-offs.



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