American Classics - Foote: Piano Quintet, Quartets /Da Vinci

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The first real school of American composers arrived in the last quarter of the 19th century and were known as the Boston classicists. Comprised largely of well-to-do New Englanders who were trained in Europe by way of Harvard and worshipped Brahms, they were a pretty conservative bunch all around. Prominent among them was Arthur Foote of Salem, Massachusetts. His studies with John Knowles Paine at Harvard culminated in the first graduate degree in music ever granted by an American university and though he did not go on to study in Germany, he spent the following summer at Bayreuth soaking up the rays before returning to Boston to teach, compose and serve as choirmaster and organist of the First Unitarian Church.
Foote's chamber music is strongly influenced by Mendelssohn and Brahms, neoclassical in outlook, graceful and lyrical with little hint of storm or stress. This disc, featuring the Piano Quintet along with the Op. 32 and Op. 70 string quartets, is one of two of all-Foote releases which are part of Naxos' admirable American Classics series. The recordings feature the Da Vinci Quartet, a very good Colorado-based ensemble which has undertaken the performance of all of this composer's chamber works.


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8559009


  • UPC: 636943900925


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Arthur Foote


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Da Vinci Quartet


  • Performer: James Barbagallo, Jerilyn Jorgensen, Katharine Knight, Kay Kirelis, Margaret Miller



Works:


  1. Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 38

    Composer: Arthur Foote

    Ensemble: Da Vinci Quartet

    Performer: James Barbagallo (Piano), Jerilyn Jorgensen (Violin), Kay Kirelis (Violin), Katharine Knight (Cello), Margaret Miller (Viola)


  2. Quartet for Strings no 2 in E major, Op. 32

    Composer: Arthur Foote

    Ensemble: Da Vinci Quartet

    Performer: Jerilyn Jorgensen (Violin), Kay Kirelis (Violin), Katharine Knight (Cello), Margaret Miller (Viola)


  3. Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 70

    Composer: Arthur Foote

    Ensemble: Da Vinci Quartet

    Performer: Jerilyn Jorgensen (Violin), Kay Kirelis (Violin), Katharine Knight (Cello), Margaret Miller (Viola)