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George Antheil
The Complete Works for String Quartet

Release Date: September 28, 2005

Catalog Number: OM 1008-2

Available Formats: CD, Digital Download

List Price: $15

Composer: George Antheil


Conductor: N/A

Orchestra/Ensemble: Del Sol String Quartet

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Recording Notes

Featuring the Del Sol String Quartet. This CD represents the first-ever complete compilation of George Antheil’s string quartet works, each of which was composed during a different stylistic era in Antheil’s development. The result is a tour through a variety of familiar 20th Century styles now inhabited by the ghosts of five “new” very provocative pieces that comprise a missing link in the repertoire of American 20th Century music.

Editorial Reviews

The Del Sol Quartet proves they can dish out Antheil’s melancholic episodes with the necessary half-baked slant….The quartet does a valiant job contending with the tried and true classical gestures and the composer’s off-kilter idiosyncrasies, navigating through all the postholes unscathed. New Music Box

It is clear that Antheil’s music speaks to them, and they seem to understand it thoroughly….this quartet is able to “hear” his visionary voice very clearly and now we can too. American Record Guide

Track Listing

Lithuanian Night (1922)
1 · I. Moderato (2:14)
2 · II. Presto (1:12)

Quartet No. 1 for Strings in one movement (1925)
3 · Allegretto allegro (14:24)

Quartet No. 2 for Strings, “For Sylvia Beach, with Love” (original version, 1927)
World premiere recording
4 · I. Larghetto; Allegro subito (7:48)
5 · II. Lento (4:02)
6 · III. Rondino scherzino—Allegro vivace (6:29)
7 · IV. Presto—Cadenza finale (1:03)

Six Little Pieces for String Quartet, “For Mary Louise Bok” (1931)
World premiere recording
8 · I. Moderato expressivo (1:12)
9 · II. Allegro (0:49)
10 · III. Andante (1:37)
11 · IV. Allegro (0:42)
12 · V. Vivo (0:43)
13 · VI. Adagio (2:36)

Quartet No. 3 for Strings (1948)
14 · I. Allegretto (5:30)
15 · II. Largo (5:12)
16 · III. Scherzo—Quasi presto (2:12)
17 · IV. Allegro giocoso (4:29)

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