Catalyst Quartet – Uncovered, Vol. 3: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still & George Walker (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:04 minutes | 953 MB | Genre: Classical
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Catalyst Quartet continues their highly regarded series of music by Black composers. Uncovered, Volume 3 includes quartets written by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and George Walker.
“Uncovered, Vol. 3” is the third issue of a multi-volume anthology highlighting string quartet works by historically important Black composers, which aims to bring greater awareness and programming of their music. Volume 3 profiles three American composers who lived through the various Black artistic, political, and social projects that transformed the 20th century; and the deep contradictions that continue to plague the U.S. today: George Walker and his String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric,” Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s String Quartet No. 1 “Calvary,” and William Grant Still’s Lyric Quartet.All written roughly between 1940 and 1956, these works represent Walker and Perkinson in their youths and Still in his prime, and each is a testament to these composers’ important place in the history of concert music and their creative and deliberate engagement with what musicologist Eileen Southern referred to as “Black musical materials” in their compositional styles.
Writer and ethnomusicologist M. Myrta Leslie Santana, says in the liner notes, “William Grant Still, George Walker, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson share exceptionally fruitful and diverse careers that brought them into the most coveted spaces of the concert music art world. Their biographies leave no doubt as to their stature, and hopefully, the renewed interest in their compositions will, however, belatedly, chip away at the dynamics that often hindered the circulation of their work.”
01. Catalyst Quartet – String Quartet No. 1 “Calvary”: I. Allegro (05:50)
02. Catalyst Quartet – String Quartet No. 1 “Calvary”: II. Adagio (04:55)
03. Catalyst Quartet – String Quartet No. 1 “Calvary”: III. Allegro vivace (06:08)
04. Catalyst Quartet – Lyric Quartette: I. The Sentimental One (06:36)
05. Catalyst Quartet – Lyric Quartette: II. The Quiet One (05:22)
06. Catalyst Quartet – Lyric Quartette: III. The Jovial One (03:20)
07. Catalyst Quartet – String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric”: I. Allegro (08:20)
08. Catalyst Quartet – String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric”: II. Molto adagio (05:25)
09. Catalyst Quartet – String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric”: III. Allegro con fuoco (09:04)