Reviews Of CDS That Arrived Too Late For The Post Crescent Column
Reviews of almost a dozen new CDs for 2011 that arrived too late or somehow slipped out of the pile will be added here as I "do" them.
Another fine addition to the small list of Christmas string quartet recordings comes from the West Edge String Quartet, originally composed of first chair members of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Their CD "Christmas Around the World" is generally a bit more sedate than the Manor House CD, but they have their fun too in selections such as "A Holly and Ivy Calypso" and Kermit Poling's Attention Deficit Disorder-ed "Christmas Cornucopia. First violinist Poling's serene arrangement of "Silent Night" is just right for a string quartet.
Famed Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau and her all-female string ensemble La Pieta make a beautiful but fuller sound which I very much enjoyed on "Noel." The contents are largely classical, from well-known Vivaldi to lesser-known Molter, from 17th century Torelli to 20th century Brubeck. The CD concludes with Kelly-Marie Murphy's "Huron Carol Interlude", full of atmosphere and Dubeau's exquisite playing.