Limited vinyl edition of Parker Quartet's Mendelssohn record.
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The Parker Quartet is widely known and respected for their inspiring performances, dazzling sound, and remarkable musicianship. The Grammy-Award-winning ensemble was founded in, and is currently based in Boston. The group has a vastly varied repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary compositions. They have rapidly set themselves apart as one of the most trailblazing ensembles of its generation. The group is sought after worldwide, and appears at prestigious venues across North and South America, Europe, and South Korea. For the Quartet, the music of Felix Mendelssohn is rejuvenating. There is no other composer who can better channel the youthful soul that all of us have inside. This joyful music captures the spirit of life, which the Parker Quartet amplifies with their irresistible energy.
2011 GRAMMY Winner: Best Chamber Music Performance
Gyorgy Ligeti's choral and orchestral music hit the mainstream when it was featured in the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his equally remarkable chamber works remain less well known. While indebted to his compatriot Bartók for its folk-inflected passages, Ligeti's First Quartet, subtitled Métamorphoses nocturnes, is nonetheless a work of striking originality. The Second Quartet, composed around fifteen years later, abounds in contrasts between glacial stillness and manic activity, mechanistic pizzicatos and gentle oscillations. His early Andante and Allegro is richly expressive and easily accessible.
"Their international experience is nonetheless already considerable and their performances mature--hardly a surprise, perhaps, from a group which would choose for its CD debut a program such as this ... their performance of the Bartók 2nd quartet is a commanding one, with the ebb and flow of tension in the first movement firmly and persuasively directed." -- International Record Review, October 2007
Augusta Read Thomas: Helix Spirals for string quartet (2014)
Parker String Quartet
Recorded here by the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, Jeremy Gills Capriccio is a wide-ranging exploration of the potential of the string quartet. The historical frame of the capriccio allowed me to create a kaleidoscopic array of wildly varying movements that explore all of the technical, expressive, and textural possibilities of the string quartet medium.
Jeremy Gill composer, conductor
Parker String Quartet
Mimi Stillman, flute
Charles Abramovic, piano
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