The Atlantic String Quartet has released its self-titled debut album. The recording, which features Heather Kao, violin; Nancy Case-Oates, violin; Kate Read, viola; and Theo Weber, cello was recorded in May of 2018 at the Old Church in Admiral’s Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador.
That Atlantic String Quartet, which forms the core of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, was formed in 1985. Today the quartet has its own recital series each season as well as performing, collaborating and recording around the province. The ASQ also leads the orchestra’s educational programming.
The album features String Quartet in A by Arthur Bliss and String Quartet in F by Maurice Ravel. Both pieces showcase styles existing at the turn of the 19th century in England and France. The Bliss quartet is a largely unknown work and shows the quartet’s versatility. It is described as evocative, hearkening to pastoral landscapes. Its feeling is one of “eager life and exhilarating energy.”
The Ravel quartet which is a staple of quartet repertoire, is fluid and expressive, with exquisite melodies and unique colour. The quartet was fortunate to work with Mark Fewer who produced the album. Mark originates from Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a renowned solo violinist, composer and educator. Mark is currently Artistic Director of Stratford Summer Music and Associate Professor of Violin and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a Juno and Prix Opus winner. Sound engineer for the project was Steve Lilly.
Production of the album was made possible by a generous gift from the Gill Ratcliffe Foundation.
Debut album from the Atlantic String Quartet
Heather Kao, Nancy Case-Oates, Kate Read and Theo Weber
String Quartet in A
Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
- I Moderato ma tranquillo
- II Andante sostenuto
- III Allegro vivace con grazia
String Quartet in F
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
- I Allegro moderato - très doux
- II Assez vif - très rythmé
- III Vif et agité