Petits-Fours: Favourite Encores

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The string quartet repertoire is dominated by the impressive masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók, and Shostakovich, so it would seem that there's little room for light music among these heavyweights. However, the members of string quartets are like other musicians in needing appealing short pieces to round out their programs, and even though there aren't many popular bon-bons for string quartet ready to hand, there are now enough to be gathered on one delightful CD. The Brodsky Quartet has delved into the standards and recorded them on numerous occasions, so it is with an air of fun and relaxation that they offer Petits-Four: Favourite Encores on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The string quartet repertoire is dominated by the impressive masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók, and Shostakovich, so it would seem that there's little room for light music among these heavyweights. However, the members of string quartets are like other musicians in needing appealing short pieces to round out their programs, and even though there aren't many popular bon-bons for string quartet ready to hand, there are now enough to be gathered on one delightful CD. The Brodsky Quartet has delved into the standards and recorded them on numerous occasions, so it is with an air of fun and relaxation that they offer Petits-Four: Favourite Encores on Chandos. Many of the pieces are familiar in different instrumentation -- the string quartet arrangements are by Brodsky alumnus Andrew Haveron, and active members Paul Cassidy, Ian Belton, and Jacqueline Thomas -- so listeners may be pleasantly surprised to hear these clever versions, which are true to the originals but perfectly suited to four string players. Highlights of this album include the joyous "Zapateado" of Pablo de Sarasate, the jaunty "Humoresque" of Dvorák, with a guest appearance by pianist Philip Edward Fisher, who also plays on pieces by Schumann and Shostakovich, and Fritz Kreisler's "Caprice viennois," which features Robert Smissen on viola. The shortness of the selections make this an agreeable collection for listeners who only need a little string quartet music, though the whole CD is quite practical for entertaining or for use as background music, thanks to the music's warm and genial tone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115170823
  • Catalog Number: 10708
  • Sales rank: 134,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song for voice & piano, L. 6 - Claude Debussy & The Brodsky Quartet (2:58)
  2. 2 Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2: 7. Waltz 2 - Dmitry Shostakovich & The Brodsky Quartet (3:35)
  3. 3 Duets (3) for 2 violins & piano, Op. 97d (arr. by K. Fortunatov): Prelude - Dmitry Shostakovich & Ian Belton (2:49)
  4. 4 The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: March - Sergey Prokofiev & The Brodsky Quartet (1:42)
  5. 5 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in G major: Blues - Maurice Ravel & The Brodsky Quartet (5:29)
  6. 6 Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): Waltz No. 6 - Maurice Ravel & The Brodsky Quartet (0:48)
  7. 7 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & The Brodsky Quartet (3:05)
  8. 8 Kinderszenen No. 2 ("Curiose Geschichte"), for piano, Op. 15/2 - Robert Schumann & The Brodsky Quartet (1:15)
  9. 9 Kinderszenen No. 1 ("Von fremden Ländern und Menschen"), for piano, Op. 15/1 - Robert Schumann & The Brodsky Quartet (1:56)
  10. 10 Alt-Wien, for piano (Triakontameron) - Leopold Godowsky & The Brodsky Quartet (2:45)
  11. 11 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & The Brodsky Quartet (3:41)
  12. 12 Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2 - Fritz Kreisler & The Brodsky Quartet (4:22)
  13. 13 Album für die Jugend No. 30 for piano in F major, Op. 68/30 - Robert Schumann & The Brodsky Quartet (3:17)
  14. 14 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & The Brodsky Quartet (3:25)
  15. 15 La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Edward Elgar & The Brodsky Quartet (4:10)
  16. 16 Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15 - Edward Elgar & The Brodsky Quartet (7:27)
  17. 17 Zapateado, for violin & piano, Op. 23/2 - Pablo de Sarasate & The Brodsky Quartet (3:41)
  18. 18 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: 5. Nana - Manuel de Falla & The Brodsky Quartet (3:20)
  19. 19 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: 7. Polo - Manuel de Falla & The Brodsky Quartet (1:17)
  20. 20 Playera, for violin & piano, Op. 23/1 - Pablo de Sarasate & The Brodsky Quartet (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Brodsky Quartet Primary Artist
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