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|1.||String Quartet No. 4: I. Allegro furioso||04:35||$0.99|
|2.||String Quartet No. 4: II. Grave||02:41||$0.99|
|3.||String Quartet No. 4: III. Allegretto||04:30||$0.99|
|4.||String Quartet No. 4: IV. Moderato||04:50||$0.99|
|5.||String Quartet No. 1: I. Grave; sub - Allegro vivace||04:41||$0.99|
|6.||String Quartet No. 1: II. Molto adagio||05:19||$0.99|
|7.||String Quartet No. 1: III. Presto||04:01||$0.99|
|8.||String Quartet No. 2, "Fathers and Sons": I. Fathers||12:35||$-1|
|9.||String Quartet No. 2, "Fathers and Sons": II. Sons||05:11||$0.99|
|10.||String Quartet No. 5: I. Grazioso -||05:23||$0.99|
|11.||String Quartet No. 5: II. Andante||04:47||$0.99|
|12.||String Quartet No. 5: III. Con moto e preciso||04:28||$0.99|
The history of the string quartet is well-known and its influence long-lasting. The masterworks composed by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as well as those created by Bartók, Ravel, Berg and Shostakovich continue to move listeners with their passionate intensity and intimate beauty.
The string quartet is often considered to be a touchstone for a composer of Western concert music. The genre and its history inspire many composers to inhabit and explore the concentrated nature of this medium, for through such focus and the seeming limitation of four equal voices, expansive emotional landscapes may be realized.
Through his quartets, composer Jeremy Beck provides an intriguing and inviting window into his own direct and communicative sound world. Composed over nearly 25 years, four of Beck’s five quartets are brilliantly performed here by diverse ensembles from Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Louisville, Kentucky. These exciting compositions reveal key facets of Beck’s engaging approach to tonality, rhythm and form.
Based in Louisville, Jeremy Beck’s music has been described as “unabashedly tonal, rhythmically intricate, … mak[ing] nods to the past while sitting squarely in the present.” (NewMusicBox, 2012). The critic Mark Sebastian Jordan has written that Beck is “an original voice celebrating music. Without self-consciousness, without paralyzing abstraction, Beck reminds us that music is movement, physically and emotionally.”
The fifth innova CD devoted to Beck’s work, String Quartets is yet a further celebration of music and its exceptional power to move and inspire.
“… appealing and skillfully crafted … Beck writes in lush tonal harmonies … novelty isn't the only thing music can provide, and the moody expressiveness of Beck's writing is its own reward.” [FULL ARTICLE]
“… forceful and expressive. … [Beck’s] writing is concise in structure and generous in tonal language, savouring both the dramatic and the poetic. … [T]he Second Quartet … is a striking and intensely felt work.” [FULL ARTICLE]
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Beck writes graciously and warmly for the string consort, and his quartets will likely appeal to most music lovers[.] … Quartet 4, in four well-contrasted movements, is the most melodic of the batch, with a soaring second theme in the opening allegro and a quite nice finale—a sort of valedictory prayer[.] … All the musicians do play with endearing and communicative involvement in Beck’s music."