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Michael G. Cunningham: An Arc of Quartets

Sirius Quartet, Moravian Quartet, Pedroia String Quartet, New England String Quartet, Millennium Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1  
1.1
I. Easter Variations, Op. 10
Michael G. Cunningham; Sirius Quartet
3:45
1.2
II. Song & Fantasia, Op. 14
Michael G. Cunningham; Sirius Quartet
6:13
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 22 "3 Satires"  
1.3
I. Brusque
Michael G. Cunningham; Sirius Quartet
6:58
1.4
II. Candidly
Michael G. Cunningham; Sirius Quartet
3:03
1.5
III. Crisp & Energetic
Michael G. Cunningham; Sirius Quartet
5:19
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 69 "Partitions"  
1.6
I. Quarter Note = Circa 70
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:38
1.7
II. —
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:38
1.8
III. —
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:32
1.9
IV. —
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:52
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 117 "Interlacings"  
1.10
I. Beginning
Michael G. Cunningham; Pedroia String Quartet
5:10
1.11
II. Scherzo
Michael G. Cunningham; Pedroia String Quartet
2:22
1.12
III. Adagio
Michael G. Cunningham; Pedroia String Quartet
3:05
1.13
IV. Finale
Michael G. Cunningham; Pedroia String Quartet
3:48
String Quartet No. 5, Op. 137 "Aggregates"  
1.14
I. Zestful
Michael G. Cunningham; New England String Quartet
4:55
1.15
II. Languid
Michael G. Cunningham; New England String Quartet
3:45
1.16
III. Spirited
Michael G. Cunningham; New England String Quartet
4:46
String Quartet No. 6, Op. 215 "Digital Isorhythm"  
1.17
I. Caleando/Slargando
Michael Cunningham; Millennium Quartet
3:44
1.18
II. Canso
Michael Cunningham; Millennium Quartet
3:45
1.19
III. Energico
Michael Cunningham; Millennium Quartet
2:52
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 241 "Back Home"  
1.20
I. Con carita
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
4:40
1.21
II. Andante
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:29
1.22
III. Vivace
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:03
1.23
IV. Con slancio
Michael G. Cunningham; Moravian Quartet
3:01
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:32:23
As the title of this album suggests, An Arc of Quartets is a unique continuum of intricate and inviting string music by American composer Michael G. Cunningham. Performing the seven pieces are five renowned international string ensembles, including the Sirius Quartet from New York, the Moravian Quartet from the Czech Republic, the Millennium Quartet from Florida and the Pedroia Quartet and New England String Quartet, both from Massachusetts. Each group presents the hallmarks of Cunningham’s style of string writing, defined by a focus on rhythm, melody and texture, as well as his gentle, yet often dissonant, harmonic language. Although these quartets contain a wide range of sounds, Cunningham maintains a reliable attraction to tense, lyrical melodies and energetic rhythms. One specific string effect that pervades is the glissando, or slide sound, produced easily on string instruments.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Navona Studio Masters

Quartet No. 1 and Quartet No. 2 recorded at MixOne Studios, Boston, MA, January 29 and 30, 2016 Recording session producer: Matt Konrad Recording session engineer: Adam Weiss Quartet No. 3 recorded at Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, September 16, 2016 Recording session producer: Pavel Kuncar Recording session engineer: Jakub Stratílek Quartet No. 4 recorded at MixOne Studios, Boston, MA, October 27, 2016 Recording session producer: John Page Recording session engineer: Adam Weiss Quartet No. 5 recorded at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA, December 15, 2011 Recording session producer: Andy Happel Recording session engineer: Tom Stephenson Quartet No. 6 recorded at ERMMedia Studios, Portsmouth, VA, August 2008 and March 2009 Recording session producer: Robert Ian Winstin Recording session engineer: Bill Douglas Quartet No. 7 recorded at Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, July 22, 2016 Recording session producer: Pavel Kuncar Recording session engineer: Aleš Dvorák Executive producer: Bob Lord Executive A&R: Sam Renshaw Audio director: Jeff LeRoy Engineering manager: Lucas Paquette Editing and mixing: Shaun Michaud, Levi Brown, Lucas Paquette Mastering: Shaun Michaud Art and production director: Brett Picknell Graphic designer: Emily Roulo Marketing: Scott Murphy

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