Speaking Extravagantly

Speaking Extravagantly

"Perhaps music is the art of speaking extravagantly." — Charles Ives
David Stock
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Catalog Number: 
new classical
string quartet

Pittsburgh, PA

Release Date: 
Mar 25, 2002
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
One Sheet: 

What do you get when you get when you put four fabulous string players, one superb sound engineer, and a celebrated composer together in Mexico City in the dead of night? Introducing Speaking Extravagantly, a premiere recording of 3 string Quartets by David Stock, in definitive performances by Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Stock has blended influences from Ives to minimalism, from Bartok to jazz, and from synagogue music to Schoenberg into a personal style of dramatic sweep and lyrical flight. And his close collaboration with Cuarteto has produced a recording of great emotional power and driving rhythm, with blazing colors and a wide dynamic and expressive range.

Composer/conductor David Stock is Professor of Music at Duquesne University where he conducts the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He has been composer-in-residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and is Conductor Laureatee of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1976. Celebrating its twentieth season, Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world’s outstanding chamber ensembles. Composed of three brothers, violinists Saul and Aaron and cellist Alvaro Bitran, with violist Javier Montiel, it has been hailed as “a gem of a string quartet”



Cuarteto Latinoamericano has been together for twenty years and provides as good an argument for Stock's Quartets as I can imagine. The group's sound is lush and full and the players are in command of this sometimes difficult music. Stock is stronger with structure, rhythm, harmony and tonal effect than he is with melody. But, in spite of a bit of a comeback, tunes remain out of fashion and lovers of contemporary chamber music will find much to admire and respond to in this fine recording. - Ron Bierman