CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP & RETREAT
WITH THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET:
September 7–10, 2017
String Quartet Masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (1732–1827)
Ratna Ling Retreat Center (Sonoma County, CA)
The Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism has put together a unique weekend: A chamber music intensive (for musicians and non-playing participants), melded with a series of health-focused offerings (yoga, meditation, healthy food preparation, preventive medicine), writing sessions and exploration of the environment — all in the beautiful natural setting of Ratna Ling Retreat Center.
• Pre-formed quartets have an opportunity to be coached by members of the ASQ, and playing participants who are not part of a pre-formed quartet will have a chance to engage in chamber music reading sessions with members of the Quartet and Apollo Academy professional musical staff.
• During evening "dinner concerts" the ASQ will team up with esteemed composer, pianist and music historian Robert Greenberg to provide insight into the string quartet masterpieces of these three Viennese composers and their historical period.
Visit apolloacademy.org to view the schedule and all details.
“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
RECENT RELEASES AND MORE:
Patagón: works by composer Cindy Cox
(named by Audiophile Audition as a Best Recording for 2015!)
Alexander String Quartet (FCL 2015)
Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets
(a MusicWeb International "Recording of the Year")
ASQ with pianist Joyce Yang (FCL 2014)
Brahms String Quintets and Sextets
(Audiophile Audition — 5 Star Review)
ASQ in collaboration with violist Toby Appel
and cellist David Requiro (FCL 2012)
Welcome to the 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.
Our Fall 2013 release of the complete quartets of Bartók and Kodály (FCL 2009) continues to be well-received, and this page includes excerpts from recent reviews. Produced by Judith Sherman, this 3-CD set includes a 24-page booklet with Eric Bromberger's beautifully insightful liner notes. We are delighted to share, once again, the stunning sonorities of San Francisco/Cremona based luthier Francis Kuttner's Ellen M. Egger Quartet. This superb contemporary quartet of Stradivarius modeled instruments, dating from 1987, was also featured on our 9 CD Beethoven Cycle (FCL 2005) and on the Wayne Peterson compendium "Retrospections" (FCL 1994).
The Brahms Project —
An Opportunity to Participate
Over the past six years, we have focused on the works of Johannes Brahms, in performance and then in recordings of various facets of the repertoire. For the newly released Quintets and Sextets, we were joined by some of our favorite collaborators — pianist Joyce Yang, cellist David Requiro and violist Toby Appel. (We gleefully seized the opportunity to record those works in spring 2013 at our beloved St. Stephens Church in Belvedere when our musical friends visited San Francisco for various collaborative ventures with the ASQ.) Before that, we recorded Brahms' Clarinet Quintet with the marvelous Joan Enric Lluna (FCL 2007), and transcriptions of piano works for string quartet by Zak Grafilo (FCL 2006). Read more about our approach to these works...and what remains to be done!
Once again, welcome! 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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