Piano Quintet Review

Lark QuartetFrom International Record Review: April 2014:

“Paul Moravec (b.1957) composed his Piano Quintet for the Lark Quartet and pianist Jeremy Denk in 2008. Unlike the Adams, Bolcom and Copland pieces on this disc, the connection to American vernacular music is remote, but the notion of ‘Composing America’ can certainly embrace a work of such seriousness and scope (its three movements last almost 25 minutes). While Moravec is a broadly tonal composer, the opening reveals music that is spare, delicate and mysterious. The organization of the ideas is not only skilled and restrained but also has a circular quality – motifs and gestures heard in the first movement recur later on. As Andrew Waggoner puts it in his booklet note: ‘Everything comes around in this work, around and together and apart again.’ It is a very well-written piece and one that draws on some extremely refined sonorities from the ensemble. It’s hard to imagine a more committed and carefully prepared performance – Denk and the Lark Quartet make a compelling case for it.”

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