The Pacifica heads to Europe in March as part of its twentieth anniversary season to perform a new quartet by Shulamit Ran, a longtime collaborator and colleague from their residency at the University of Chicago. Titled Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory, the piece and the inspiration behind it are the focus of the Pacifica's latest blog entry. Read about it and check out the line up of performances here. The commission is funded by Music Accord, a consortium of presenters from the US as well as Suntory Hall and Wigmore Hall. The work was heard in Toronto, Tokyo, New York and Chicago. Next up: premiere performances in Britain and Germany.
The Pacifica's monumental survey of Dmitri Shostakovich's complete string quartets, The Soviet Experience, has just been released by Cedille Records as a box set featuring all four volumes. The Soviet Experience is unique among Shostakovich quartet cycles for including quartets by some the composer's most significant Soviet-era contemporaries: Nikolai Miaskovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Alfred Schnittke. Download the box set or order the individual discs here.
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 is available for digital download and CD. Purchase your copy now! Watch a video of the Quartet and Anthony McGill discussing their recording project.