For the Record, Op. 136: Calidore String Quartet; Sirius Quartet

October 22, 2020, 4:12 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet.

Calidore String Quartet
Jeffrey Myers, violin
Ryan Meehan, violin
Jeremy Berry, viola
Estelle Choi, cello

The desire to explore the innate human drive for communication is the focus of Babel. For this recording the Calidore String Quartet gathered music that imitates language; its rhythms, cadences and intentions. It also explores what happens when music substitutes for language, when it fills the void of forbidden speech or even how it carries on when language has been exhausted. The album includes the world premiere recording of "Three Essays" by Caroline Shaw alongside Robert Schumann’s String Quartet No. 3 and String Quartet No. 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich. "We hope this album will connect us with our audiences at a time when we are prevented from performing in-person concerts," violinist Ryan Meehan said. "We are sending this recording out into the world as our own message of connection, in the language of music that conveys more than words ever can." BELOW: String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: V. Allegro

The Calidore String Quartet also will premiere a performance of Schumann's String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, second movement, on Friday. Click here to view.

Playing on the Edge 2
Sirius Quartet
Fung Chern Hwei, violin
Gregor Huebner, violin
Ron Lawrence, viola
Jeremy Harman, cello

This album includes Bruce Babcock's "Watcher of the Sky," a celebration of American astronomer George Ellery Hale; Dayton Kinney's "The Canary Who Sang," comparing canaries in coal mines to today's whistleblowers; Roger Fong's "Variations on Emotions"; Daniel Burwasser's "Puck's Game"; the first movement of String Quartet by John Summers; and Gregory J. Harris's "Landscapes." The album is a follow-up to the quartet's 2019 album, Playing on the Edge.. BELOW: Trailer for the album:

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