San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet debut on Avie with its namesake work, Dvorak's Cypresses, coupled with the composer's expansive G major Quartet, No. 13.
The San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet, known equally for its innovation and its elegant performances, debuts on Avie with a recording of its namesake work, Dvorak's Cypresses, a set of twelve love songs scored for string quartet, coupled with the composer's expansive G major Quartet, No. 13. Known internationally through touring and a dozen acclaimed recordings, the Cypress String Quartet traverses repertoire from J.S. Bach - the composer with which the foursome forged their signature, clear and transparent sound - to world-premieres of works they have commissioned from such composers as Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts and Elena Ruehr.
In addition to appearances in such renowned venues as the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival and Cal Performances, the Quartet reaches out to new audiences through regular performances in community centres, unorthodox spaces, and schools. The Cypress String Quartet's Avie debut, the first in a projected series of recordings, will support the release with a tour featuring Dvorak's Cypresses, numerous broadcasts and a dynamic online and social media presence.
“Notwithstanding the odd rough edge, the eponymous Cypress Quartet play these arrangements with exquisite shading and a fine sense of nuance. Their performance of Dvorak's last and greatest quartet is rather less satisfactory...In the slow movement, the performers don't really capture the movement's almost tumultuous passion...[the scherzo and finale] both have thrilling impetus as well as some beautiful shaping of the more lyrical material.” BBC Music Magazine