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CHAN 10162

Beach: Quartet for Strings/ Sonata for Violin and Piano/Pastorale/Dreaming

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2003

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

Ambache



Venue:

St Michaels Church, Highgate, London



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Matthew Walker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

String Quartet


Chamber

Total Time - 55:27
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AMY BEACH

(1867-1944)
Select Complete Single Disc for
   
1 

Quartet for Strings, Op. 89

13:13
  in One Movement  
  Grave - Più animato - Allegro molto - Grave  
 

Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 34

32:27  
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur  
2 I Allegro moderato - Animato - [Tempo II, slower] - 10:06
3 II Scherzo. Molto vivace - Più lento - Tempo I - Vivo 4:36
4 III Largo con dolore 9:01
5 IV Allegro con fuoco - Più tranquillo - Tempo I - 8:42
   
6 

Pastorale, Op. 151

3:37
  for Woodwind Quintet  
  Lento tranquillo  
7 

Dreaming, Op. 15 No. 3

6:12
  from Four Sketches for piano  
  Transcribed for cello and piano by the composer  
  Molto lento e tranquillo  
Amy Beach
USA, 1867-1944

The Ambache Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble is a flexible group of from three to thirty players. Since its formation in 1984, it has become known for the vitality of its performances and for the cohesiveness of its collaborative, unconducted teamwork. The Ambache is famous for its championship of music by women composers.

The Ambache’s previous recording of works by Amy Beach was given a warm critical response and received a Rosette in the Penguin Guide to CDs.

The Ambache will be appearing at the Wigmore Hall on February 18th, performing the European premiere of Amy Beach’s String Quartet. A tour of the East Coast of the USA is planned for November 2004.



Amy Beach was a major composer of her generation and a pioneer among women. She was composing at a time when women made music at home, not in public. That her music, with its finely crafted melodies and unique harmonies, was performed at all in those unenlightened times, is evidence of its unshakeable quality.
Two of the compositions here come from Beach’s years in Boston before the First World War, when the values of the late nineteenth century seemed permanent and unshakeable. Her Sonata in A minor for piano and violin (1896) is a four movement work written in her most passionate mood, displaying her lyrical gift and her love for rich chromatic harmony.
Beach’s String Quartet in One Movement (1929) is one of her most original and forward-looking works. A determining feature of the work is the use as themes of three songs of the Alaskan Inuit. Beach sets them in a contrapuntal texture saturated with motives derived from the tunes, thus enhancing, rather than obscuring, their starkness and angularity.
Pastorale was begun in 1921 then set aside until 1941. It is the only work Beach wrote for woodwind quintet. Written in A-B-A form, it is a stylistically integrated work that evokes the peace of a summer afternoon in the woods of New Hampshire.
Dreaming was published in 1892 as the third of four sketches for piano. Thirty-five years later Beach arranged the work as a cello solo, placing the cello line between the left and right hand parts of the accompaniment. A veritable song without words, the melody line, with its long lyrical arcs, could not be better suited to the instrument.


Recorded sound is warm and vibrant and the disc is thoroughly recommended for the groups perceptive and idiomatic approach to this delicate, enchanting music.
The Strad

'Amy Beach's music inhabits conservative rather than progressive ground, a universe or two removed from American contemporaries like Ives. Nevertheless it is fine work, and it's good to welcome this excellent disc containing two major chamber compositions together with a pair of shorter, charming minor pieces.'
International Record Review

The playing of the chamber group founded by Diana Ambache is both beautiful and distinguished.
Manchester Evening News

Amy Beachs music inhabits conservative rather than progressive ground, a universe or two removed from American contemporaries like Ives. Nevertheless it is fine work, and its good to welcome this excellent disc containing two major chamber compositions together with a pair of shorter, charming minor pieces.
International Record Review

'The playing of the chamber group founded by Diana Ambache is both beautiful and distinguished.'
Manchester Evening News

'Recorded sound is warm and vibrant and the disc is thoroughly recommended for the group's perceptive and idiomatic approach to this delicate, enchanting music.'
The Strad

'Ambache is a flexible ensemble, expanding to the task in hand. All these performances are nicely accomplished and well engineered.'
Hi-Fi-News




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G Pantall

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T Anderssohn