Morning Glories: Standout recordings from young string quartets

May 6, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a stand-out work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories.

On this week's Morning Glories we're featuring new releases by young string quartets.

Monday

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 "American"

Simon Bolivar String Quartet

This quartet of players comes from Venezuela's famous El Sistema program, which has also given us the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Tuesday

Jennifer Higdon: An Exaltation of Larks

Lark Quartet

In this piece, Jennifer Higdon imagines the energy and the song of a multitude of birds. What better group to play it than this quartet?

Wednesday

Howard Hanson: Concerto da Camera

Ying Quartet; Adam Neiman, piano

You'll hear Howard Hanson's personal blend of romantic and modern influences in this "chamber concerto," written in 1916-17, when the composer was in his early 20s.

Thursday

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 13

Cypress String Quartet

To follow up Monday's "American" Quartet, we'll listen to the Cypress players and their all-Dvorak disc.

Friday

Ljova: Culai

Brooklyn Rider

Ljova is the composer; Culai is the nickname of the violinist Nicolae Neacsu, of the "wild and infamous Gypsy ensemble Taraf de Haidouks" - whose influence comes through loud and clear in this 2012 piece.

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