Composing America

Composing America’s Producer Wins 2015 Grammy!

Smiling The Lark Quartet is delighted that Judith Sherman, producer for our critically acclaimed recording Composing America, has won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Producer – Classical.

This marks another amazing accolade for Judith in her remarkable career and we are delighted for our part in her achievement as well as for her fabulous contribution to the Composing America album.

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MusicWeb’s Brian Reinhart Reviews Composing America

Composing America is an ambitious title, but the Lark Quartet lives up to it with an ambitious and diverse selection of American sounds.”

“Those who know the superb Lark Quartet will expect a total success, and they will be rewarded. The Lark Quartet in fact commissioned and premiered the Bolcom work and the Piano Quintet by Paul Moravec. These four women are at the forefront of composing America, and of performing it.”

– Brian Reinhart (MusicWeb)
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Gramophone Magazine Prints Rave Review

Composing America“Impressive… Breathtaking… Brilliant…”

“The recording’s three-dimensional reality, captured at SUNY Purchase’s Performing Arts Center, sounds so magnificent that the whole musical experience actually matches the florid imagination of Andrew Waggoner’s booklet-note.”

– Laurence Vittes (Gramophone Magazine)
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More Great Reviews

“It’s hard to imagine a more committed and carefully prepared performance…”

– Nigel Simeone (International Record Review)
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“These are intense and riveting readings in collaborations with percussionist Yousif Sheronick, bass/baritone Stephen Salters and pianist Jeremy Denk.”

– Weekly Update by Scott MacClelland (Performing Arts Monterey Bay)
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“… beyond its representational government, free markets and property laws, America is culturally unique –  a so-called ‘melting pot’ that blends the disparate visions of dozens of nations into a common mixture. It’s the same mixture that pervades this new release from Bridge Records…”

– Chris Morgan (Scene Magazine)
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“poignantly beautiful… you’ll encounter the unexpected and smile often in this creative musical fantasy… Jeremy Denk and the Lark Quartet navigate [the] complexities with verve and imagination.”

 – Robert Moon (Audiophile Audition)
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4 Stars! “A novel take, performed with attractive precision, on the age-old question “what is American music?””

– James Manheim (allmusic.com)
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Lark Commissions

The Lark Quartet has been commissioning, premiering and recording new works by American Composers as long as it has been performing. In anticipation of the group’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating these works and their place in the repertoire.

In 2013 we shone a light on Aaron Jay Kernis’ String Quartet No. 2, written for the Lark and winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The following is a small selection of works Lark is proud to have helped come to be.

  • Bolcom, William: Billy in the Darbies for Baritone & String Quartet, 2010
  • First, Craig P: String Quartet
  • Gershwin: Strike up the Band & Embraceable You, arr. A. Waggoner
  • Higdon, Jennifer: Scenes from the Poet’s Dreams for Left Hand Piano & String Quartet
  • Kernis, Aaron Jay: Musica Celistis String Quartet No. 1
  • Kernis, Aaron Jay: Musica Instrumentalis String Quartet No. 2
  • Larsen, Libby: Alauda -Concert Piece for String Quartet
  • Moravec, Paul: Claritas String Quartet No. 3
  • Muhly, Nico: Big Time for String Quartet and Percussion
  • Perapaskero, Sapo: Turceasca for String Quartet and 1 Percussion, arr. G.Green
  • Phillips, Mark: Another Lark Quartet String Quartet No. 2
  • Roumain, Daniel Bernard: Parks String Quartet No. 5
  • Steinke, Greg: Native American Notes The Bitter Roots of Peace String Quartet

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Album Released

After an extremely rewarding collaboration in the recording studio, Lark’s latest album Composing America has been released on Bridge Records! Capped off by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, in which they exceeded their target, Lark are very excited to share this release with their fans. They are also very grateful to all those who help make Composing America a reality.