Following the Grammy Award-winning Quartet’s wildly popular collaboration last season with the extraordinary clarinetist Anthony McGill, Cedille Records invited the artists to record the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets. Widely considered among the greatest chamber works for clarinet and strings, these quintets are both mature pieces that are captured with virtuosic mastery in this recording. The album will be released for digital download on May 6 and as a physical CD on May 27. Pre-order your copy now! Watch a video of the Quartet and Anthony McGill discussing their recording project.
The Pacifica Quartet completes its traversal of Dmitri Shostakovich’s complete string quartets on Cedille Records with the highly anticipated fourth and final volume in the set. This album, titled The Soviet Experience Volume IV: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries, features Shostakovich’s String Quartets nos. 13-15 and Schnittke’s Quartet No. 3. Download the album or order the discs here.
The Quartet launches a new blog titled, “Conversations with the Pacifica Quartet” as an interactive and intimate platform to post compelling dialogue relevant to the work they do as string quartet musicians and teachers. There are plans to invite a colorful line up of guest interviewers to chat with members of the ensemble. To add depth and breadth to the conversation, the Quartet will also interview people who are influential in their world, including mentors, colleagues, collaborators, and friends. The blog—hosted by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where the ensemble has been the quartet-in-residence-since March 2012—can be found here.