For the Record, Op. 205: Black Oak Ensemble; Indianapolis Quartet

July 13, 2022, 11:05 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!

Black Oak Ensemble
The Black Oak Ensemble: cellist David Cunliffe, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli.

Avant l’orage: French String Trios 1926–1939
Black Oak Ensemble
Desirée Ruhstrat, violin
David Cunliffe, cello
Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, viola

The Chicago-based Black Oak Ensemble's new recording, Avant l’orage (Before the Storm), celebrates Bastille Day, with its July 14 release. The album includes rarely-heard pieces that were written between the World Wars; with world-premiere recordings of Henri Tomasi’s "Trio à cordes en forme de divertissement," Robert Casadesus’s "Trio à cordes," and Gustave Samazeuilh’s "Suite en trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle." Also included are Jean Cras’s "Trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle"; Émile Goué’s "Trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle"; Jean Françaix’s "Trio," and Gabriel Pierné’s "Trio pieces en trio." BELOW: Black Oak Ensemble presents a new album of French String Trios:

Robert Paterson – String Quartets 1-3
The Indianapolis Quartet
Zachary DePue, violin
Joana Genova, violin
Michael Strauss, viola
Austin Huntington, cello
Robert Paterson, composer

The Indianapolis Quartet presents the world premiere recording of composer Robert Paterson’s first three string quartets. All three highly colorful works have various similarities: they all use copious extended techniques, but not for the sake of the techniques themselves, but as an integral part of the music itself. He also uses quotes in all three works: the loveably campy “Love Boat” theme in Quartet No 1, quotes from music by Edvard Grieg in String Quartet No. 2, and snippets of various anthems in the last movement of String Quartet No. 3. BELOW: Paterson - String Quartet No. 3 - The Indianapolis Quartet

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July 14, 2022 at 07:35 PM · Very interesting YouTube excerpts, Laurie: thanks. The Black Oak Ensemble's is a bit short, but what a good impression it makes, and the Robert Paterson/Indianapolis Quartet recording was excellent. I was on the lookout for national anthems (perhaps under the influence of Bastille Day), but all I detected was a moment of ABBA! I shall hunt out his other quartets. I love the For the Record features!

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