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Welcher: String Quartets 1-3 (Naxos Audio CD)

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Department: CDs - Classical CDs: Chamber

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• Named after the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, the Cassatt String Quartet is ideally placed to interpret the music of Dan Welcher, the main theme from whose personable third string quartet is based on the artist’s name and was written for this outstanding all-female ensemble.

• His good humoured second quartet recalls Welcher’s delightful experience of the magnificent harbour for which Sydney, Australia, is world famous, while his first, unnamed, quartet is by turns abrasive, melancholy, tragic, soothing, darkly comic and ultimately victorious in character.


“Make no mistake… there is sensuous, interesting music on this disc, finely performed…The recording is spacious and well balanced.” Fanfare

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String Quartets Nos. 1-3

String Quartet No. 3 ‘Cassatt’;
Introduction: ‘The Bacchante’ (1876)
‘At the Opera’ (1878)
‘Young Woman in Green, Outdoors in the Sun’ (1909)
String Quartet No. 2;
‘Harbor Music’
String Quartet No. 1
Harsh, angry
Lonely
Allegretto scherzando
Solemn
  

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