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Americana

Americana (Blu-ray & CD)
DSL-92157
Artist: Modern Mandolin Quartet
Genre: Acoustic/Folk/Traditional, Chamber
Price: $19.99 
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     Blu-ray + CD


Nominated for the 55th GRAMMY Awards for Best Engineered Classical Album and Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble

Sono Luminus presents this uniquely engaging collection of music that embodies the American spirit in Americana, the latest release by Modern Mandolin Quartet. The package will be a 2-disc set, containing a Pure Audio Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

Expressing their opinion on their choices of musical selections for this album, the quartet writes, “This music attracted us because of the wonderful way it sounds on our instruments, particularly the Dvorák.  Since  the musical character of the pieces is based on various forms of American music, it lends itself extremely well to the mandolin.  While many selections for piano and string music rely on idioms and techniques that may not transpose well to the mandolin, the pieces included on this disc were chosen for their vitality and the way they jumped right off the page.”   

Fanfare Magazine exclaims, “MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on, and packed with freshness and vitality of a kind that is rare in material of this type. These are not down-scaled, make-em-easy, just-for-kicks charts either - they are a Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST!”

The Modern Mandolin Quartet was formed in 1985 to give a new voice to that most American of musical instruments, the mandolin. Following the tradition of the mandolin orchestras and chamber groups from the early twentieth century, the MMQ uses the instruments of the mandolin family which correspond to the conventional string quartet (two mandolins, mandola, and mandocello). To date the Quartet has arranged and performed over 90 works originally written for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, guitar, and string quartet.

Composers:

Aaron Copland
Antonin Dvorak
Leonard Bernstein
George Gershwin
Phillip Glass
William Monroe

Performers:

Modern Mandolin Quartet


Recorded at 192kHz

     Blu-ray Streams

5.1 - 24bit / 192kHz DTS-HD Master Audio
7.1 - 24bit / 96kHz DTS-HD Master Audio
2.0  - 24bit / 192kHz LPCM


Tracks:

1. “Hoe-Down”, from Rodeo - Aaron Copland
String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, B. 179, (“The American”) - Antonin Dvorák
2. I. Allegro ma non troppo
3. II. Lento
4. III. Molto vivace
5. IV. Finale: Vivace, ma non troppo
6. “Cool”, from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
7. Shenandoah
Three Preludes — George Gershwin
8. Prelude I: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
9. Prelude II: Andante con moto e poco rubato
10. Prelude III: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
11. Bill Monroe Medley - William Monroe
Philip Glass: from String Quartet No.3 “Mishima”
12. I. 1957 – Award Montage
13. II. November 25 – Ichigaya
14. III. 1962 – Body Building
15. IV. Mishima/Closing
Bonus Track:
16. Irish Roots Medley



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