American Voices / Pacifica Quartet

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The multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet continues its highly acclaimed recording series that explores the sounds of America with an album comprising string quartets incorporating...

The multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet continues its highly acclaimed recording series that explores the sounds of America with an album comprising string quartets incorporating elements of American folk music and spirituals by Anton Dvořák, Florence Price, and Louis Gruenberg, plus a new work by James Lee III.

Praised by The Telegraph as "nothing short of phenomenal,” Pacifica is known for its “remarkable expressive range and tonal beauty” (New York Times). With a career spanning nearly three decades, Pacifica has established itself as the embodiment of the senior American quartet sound.

Dvořák's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, “American” draws influence from the colorful sonic world of his American experiences; from the American spiritual, indigenous folk songs, to sounds evocative of American songbirds and rhythms reminiscent of American trains.

Florence Price was inspired by Dvořák's focus on American folk music in his “New World” Symphony, and while her String Quartet No. 1 in G Major does not explicitly reference specific folk influences, the origins for many of her original melodies and musical colors can be traced directly to the folk songs that she heard in her native Little Rock, Arkansas.

Louis Gruenberg, influenced by his time as a student in New York City when Dvořák served as director of the National Conservatory, wrote Four Diversions for String Quartet, Op. 32 infusing the traditional string quartet with the quintessential sounds and style of Prohibition-era America.

Praised by The Washington Post for his “bright, pure music,” James Lee III’s Pitch In for quartet and children’s choir — receiving its world premiere recording — features Chicago’s Uniting Voices conducted by Josephine Lee. The work incorporates American folk motifs and pentatonic scales echoing the essence of American Spirituals and Dvořák’s "American" Quartet; Pitch In is set to Sylvia Dianne Beverly's poem of the same title that addresses global poverty and food insecurity.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 10, 2024


  • UPC: 735131922821


  • Catalog Number: CDR 228


  • Label: Cedille


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century, Contemporary


  • Composer: Antonín Dvořák, Louis Gruenberg, James Lee III, Florence Price


  • Conductor: Josephine Lee


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Pacifica Quartet, Uniting Voices


  • Performer: Pacifica Quartet, Uniting Voices



Works:


  1. String Quartet in F, Op. 96 "American"

    Composer: Antonín Dvořák

    Ensemble: Pacifica Quartet


  2. String Quartet in G

    Composer: Florence Price

    Ensemble: Pacifica Quartet


  3. Four Diversions for String Quartet, Op. 32

    Composer: Louis Gruenberg

    Ensemble: Pacifica Quartet


  4. Pitch In

    Composer: James Lee III

    Ensemble: Pacifica Quartet, Uniting Voices

    Conductor: Josephine Lee