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Ames Piano Quartet releases 15th album;
featured at Canadian music festival
The quartet's 15th album
Sono Luminus has released the Ames Piano Quartet's 15th compact disc recording. It includes French works by Theodore Dubois, and two of his students, Florent Schmitt and Reynaldo Hahn.
The Ames Piano Quartet is Iowa State University's resident chamber orchestra. Members of the quartet are ISU Music Department faculty William David, pianist; Mahlon Darlington, violinist; Jonathan Sturm, violist; and George Work, cellist.
The Quartet's other most recent CDs are also on the Sono Luminus label. A writer on Amazon.com wrote of their disc containing works by Mozart, Hummel, and Beethoven: "Because the Ames has been together for quite a while, there's a comfortable interplay between the performers as one might expect between old friends getting together. No one's the star here. These are four colleagues coming together for one purpose – to make great music."
The Quartet's eight-CD boxed set, which includes many of its recordings made between 1989 and 2009, is receiving many positive reviews. MusicWeb International wrote: "It consolidates 20 years of recording activity that reveals consistency, tonal homogeneity and a probing attitude to the repertoire, as well as a dignified approach to the established canon."
Also in September, the Ames Piano Quartet traveled to Barrie, Ontario, Canada, a city of 120,000 north of Toronto, to perform three concerts as ensemble-in-residence at the Colours of Music Festival. The ensemble performed one concert of piano quartets, in addition to collaborating with violinist Brian Lewis on one concert, and baritone Peter McGillivray on another. The Quartet also served as resident quartet at this festival in 2009.