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American Voices / Pacifica Quartet

American Voices / Pacifica Quartet

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The multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet continues it's 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 Dvorak, 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 it's "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. Dvorak'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 Dvorak'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. 

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 1
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    • Label: CEDILLE
    • UPC/Barcode: 735131922821
    • Item Number: CDR 228