“Quietly, deliberately, and without fanfare, the Alexander String Quartet has been moving through the major string quartet repertoire, leaving extraordinary statements as they go. I have written about their Beethoven and Shostakovich, developing increasing respect for both over time....The first thing we notice as we work our way though the three CD Bartók & Kodály album is the weight and power the Alexanders bring to bear on, or more likely bring out of, this music....They hear Bartók's string quartets as modernist monuments and their interpretation aims to make that case. Which it surely does.” — Bob Neill, Positive Feedback Online
Welcome to the brand new home of FoghornClassics on the web. It has taken the Alexander String Quartet nearly nineteen years to get our small and independent label this far, but we've had some wonderful adventures getting here — and we believe that with your generous and continued support, that we're still just getting started.
Our first independent release in 1994 met with great success and led to several diversions along the way. This included a sequence of recordings for BMG's Arte Nova label and a few other labels too. Meanwhile, Foghorn has remained our very own labor (and label?) of love, dedicated exclusively to the work of the Alexander String Quartet and some of our many esteemed and favorite collaborators.
We will be building out these pages with new features and lots of updates over the next few months. Some of what promises to be our most exciting work to date will be released this fall.
October 8th saw the debut of our new 3 CD Bartók/Kodály compendium (FCL 2009). Recorded in just nine days in June and July of 2012 in Marin county, this collection of the complete Quartets by the contemporary colleagues and compatriots Bartók and Kodály has been produced once more by Judith Sherman and includes 24 pages of beautifully insightful liner notes by our favorite annotator, Eric Bromberger.
We are delighted once more to share the stunning sonorities of San Francisco/Cremona based luthier Francis Kuttner's Ellen M. Egger Quartet in this release. You may recall that our 9 CD Beethoven Cycle (FCL 2005) as well as the Wayne Peterson compendium "Retrospections" (FCL 1994) also feature this superb contemporary quartet of Stradivarius modeled instruments, dating from 1987.
The Brahms Project —
An Opportunity to Participate
We want to draw your attention to an important feature on the upper righthand corner of our page. We invite you to participate by donating your support to a very exciting set of releases due in March 2014. The repertoire includes all the Brahms Quintets and Sextets, and we are joined by some of our favorite collaborators including pianist Joyce Yang, cellist David Requiro and violist Toby Appel. We gleefully seized the opportunity to record the works earlier this spring at our beloved St Stephens Church in Belvedere when our musical friends visited San Francisco for various collaborative ventures with the ASQ. We are hoping to complete production later this fall for release next March. Learn more about participating in The Brahms Project — and what remains to be done.
Once again, welcome to our world of all things Foghorn. We hope you'll return regularly to follow our progress, here and in our various blogposts and see what's going on. Drop us a line anytime and share your ideas — encouragement and suggestions.
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