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Product Details

  • Performer: Ying Quartet, Neiman, Scarlata
  • Composer: Barber, Hanson, R. Thompson
  • Blu-ray Audio (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B00B5UBFYY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sono Luminus has come together again with the amazing talent of the Ying Quartet and is excited to release American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber & Howard Hanson. Bringing together musical selections that are truly expressive of the American spirit, this album also includes a selection from American composer Randall Thompson, and features pianist Adam Neiman and baritone Randall Scarlata.

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On their new disc, the Ying Quartet presents the major string quartet works of two important figures in American music of the first half of the 20th century: Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson. Bringing together music that is truly expressive of the American spirit, this album also includes an arrangement of Randall Thompson's Alleluia, and features pianist Adam Neiman and baritone Randall Scarlata. --WFMT, Lisa Flynn, April 2013

The Ying Quartet, a US group in residence at the Eastman School of Music in New York state, has a reputation for fresh programming in the often moribund string quartet field, and this release is no exception. It contains possibly the most familiar of all American quartets, albeit one usually played by an orchestra and shorn of its surrounding movements: the Molto adagio movement of the String Quartet, Op 11, of Samuel Barber, better known as the Adagio for strings. The Ying Quartet is not the only group to play the original version, but it is the only one to also include Barber's original finale to the piece, which he later rejected and replaced with the current finale, a small bit of music closely related to the opening movement. The effect of that is to elevate the Adagio to full prominence, but quite a few quartets in the work's early years played the first version, and it's an exuberant finish that casts a new hue onto the Adagio. Both versions are included here, so anyone with programming capability can compare the two; the Ying's reading of the Adagio itself seems affected by the presence of the new finale; it's an unusually tense, un-transcendent version. Elsewhere there's the thoroughly neo-classic, rarely heard, and entirely delightful Serenade for string quartet, Op. 1, of Barber, as well as his familiar setting of Dover Beach, a quartet and piano quintet by Howard Hanson that give unusual taste of his Romantic but rigorous manner, and, most unusually of all, a transcription of Randall Thompson's Alleluia, a choral piece known by heart to anyone of a certain age who has sung in an American high school choir. Much of this music is unknown, and the inclusion of voice and piano along the way is difficult to pull off without seeming random, but this collection of American 20th-century Romanticism hangs together beautifully and lives up to its title. A superior release of American chamber music. --AllMusic.com, James Manheim, April 2013

The Ying Quartet is simply marvelous in this recording providing a real richness and depth of tone. The performances are wonderfully shaped and there is a sense that these musicians really love this music deeply and are committed to its effects on the audience. Carefully thought out tempos and a great overall balance within the quartet create some amazing results all wonderfully captured by the Sono Luminus engineers. This is a must have for American music fans hands down. --Cinemusical, MaestroSteve, April 2013

The Ying Quartet, a US group in residence at the Eastman School of Music in New York state, has a reputation for fresh programming in the often moribund string quartet field, and this release is no exception. It contains possibly the most familiar of all American quartets, albeit one usually played by an orchestra and shorn of its surrounding movements: the Molto adagio movement of the String Quartet, Op 11, of Samuel Barber, better known as the Adagio for strings. The Ying Quartet is not the only group to play the original version, but it is the only one to also include Barber's original finale to the piece, which he later rejected and replaced with the current finale, a small bit of music closely related to the opening movement. The effect of that is to elevate the Adagio to full prominence, but quite a few quartets in the work's early years played the first version, and it's an exuberant finish that casts a new hue onto the Adagio. Both versions are included here, so anyone with programming capability can compare the two; the Ying's reading of the Adagio itself seems affected by the presence of the new finale; it's an unusually tense, un-transcendent version. Elsewhere there's the thoroughly neo-classic, rarely heard, and entirely delightful Serenade for string quartet, Op. 1, of Barber, as well as his familiar setting of Dover Beach, a quartet and piano quintet by Howard Hanson that give unusual taste of his Romantic but rigorous manner, and, most unusually of all, a transcription of Randall Thompson's Alleluia, a choral piece known by heart to anyone of a certain age who has sung in an American high school choir. Much of this music is unknown, and the inclusion of voice and piano along the way is difficult to pull off without seeming random, but this collection of American 20th-century Romanticism hangs together beautifully and lives up to its title. A superior release of American chamber music. --AllMusic.com, James Manheim, April 2013

The Ying Quartet is simply marvelous in this recording providing a real richness and depth of tone. The performances are wonderfully shaped and there is a sense that these musicians really love this music deeply and are committed to its effects on the audience. Carefully thought out tempos and a great overall balance within the quartet create some amazing results all wonderfully captured by the Sono Luminus engineers. This is a must have for American music fans hands down. --Cinemusical, MaestroSteve, April 2013

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caleb on June 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio
For some reason I can't stop listening to this. You'll want a great quality sound system to really make it worth it. Lush, warm, perfect. It's a CD/Blu-ray audio double disc set. If you can find an opportunity to listen in surround, that experience won't disappoint you either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Hickey on June 21, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio
I love this recording and the Ying Quartet is a terrific ensemble, but it is categorically NOT an SACD as Amazon has it on their page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By horsedancer on December 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
Love listening to this cd and the music that this group makes together. Classical music well played is always great.
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I remember David Ying as a student in Winnetka; the album is delightful. As an amateur cellist, how could I resist?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rami K Walston on July 10, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio
This is a truly romantic, finely tuned, album that immerses the listener into a vivid world of wonder and stringed instruments. Absolutely beautiful. Enjoy during a dinner party or anytime. You will not be disappointed.
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