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String Quartets by 5 Women from 3 Continents

String quartets by Lucie Vellère, Sarah Aderholdt, Ruth Schonthal, Amy Beach and Priaulx Rainier performed by the Crest String Quartet and the Alard String Quartet. Crescent Quartet: Nancy McAlhany, Alicia Edelberg, Jill Jaffe and Maxine Neuman. Alard Quartet: Joanne Zagst Feldman, Donald Hopkins, Raymond Page and Leonard Feldman. Leonarda CD #LE336. Duration 71:30.

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String Quartets by Women Composers



Lucie Vellère (1896-1966) (Belgium)
Quatuor a Cordes No. 3 (16:31)
1. Allegro (4:45)
2. Presto (2:17)
3. Andante (5:36)
4. Vivo (3:53)

1. mp3

Crescent Quartet
Sarah Aderholdt (b.1955) (USA)
5. String Quartet (8:54)

5. mp3

Crescent Quartet
Ruth Schonthal (1924-2006) (Germany-USA via Mexico)
6. String Quartet (13:26)

6. mp3

Crescent Quartet
Amy Beach (1867-1944) (USA)
7. Quartet for Strings, Op. 89 (14:44)

7. mp3

Crescent Quartet
Priaulx Rainier (1903-1986) (South Africa-England)
Quartet for Strings (17:55)
  8. Allegro molto serioso (5:16)
  9. Vivace leggiero grazioso (2:41)
10. Andante tranquillo (4:04)
11. Presto spiritoso (5:54)

10. mp3

Alard Quartet


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Production: Recording producer and post-production: Marnie Hall. Recording engineers: Malcolm Addey (Crescent Quartet), John Thomas (Alard Quartet). Recording venues: First Hungarian Reformed Church, New York City, 1981 (Crescent Qrt.); Recital Hall of the Music Building at Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania (Alard Qrt.), 1982. ADD. CD Cover: Jacquelyn Thunfors, "Tulip Morning," © Jacquelyn Thunfors, 1992. Graphic Design: Marnie Hall. Support: This recording is made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional generous support was provided by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The original Rainier recording was funded in part by The Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts.

Rights: Copyright © Leonarda Productions, Inc., 1994. All rights reserved. Music Publishers: Vellere: We lost touch with daughter. Try the Performing Rights Society for Belgium for information.Schonthal: FuroreVerlag in Kassel, Germany. Beach: Score and parts are available from A-R Editions. Rainier: Schott, distributed in the USA by European American Music.


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