Americana

Americana

by The Modern Mandolin Quartet

Blu-ray(Blu-ray Audio - Bonus CD)

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Overview

Fans of the Modern Mandolin Quartet will eagerly snap up Americana, the group's 2012 release on Dorian's Sono Luminus label and its first album since the "Nutcracker Suite," which appeared in 2004. This lively collection offers sophisticated and clear-headed arrangements of string quartets by Antonin Dvorák and Philip Glass, as well as the "Three Piano Preludes" of George Gershwin, which are interspersed with shorter pieces of a strong American flavor, including the "Hoe-Down" from Aaron Copland's "Rodeo," "Cool" from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," the traditional folk song "Shenandoah," a medley celebrating bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, and an "Irish Roots Medley." The ensemble, which consists of two mandolins, mandola, and mandocello, matches the tunings and registers of a classical string quartet, so the Dvorák and Glass pieces make sense both musically and technically, though the adaptations of the Copland, Bernstein, and Gershwin selections involved more creativity. The mandolin's sound isn't for everybody, and because the whole program involves plucked and strummed music, without alleviation from other instruments, some listeners will find the CD is easier to appreciate in small doses. Even so, Americana is a tour de force, thanks to the Modern Mandolin Quartet's skill and artistry. The package contains two discs, one a conventional CD and the other a Blu-ray audio disc, providing two options for playback.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
Label: Sono Luminus
UPC: 0053479215727
catalogNumber: 92157
Rank: 59181

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hoe-Down
  2. 1. Allegro ma non troppo
  3. 2. Lento
  4. 3. Molto vivace
  5. 4. Finale: Vivace, ma non troppo
  6. Cool
  7. Shenandoah
  8. Prelude No. 1: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
  9. Prelude No. 2: Andante con moto e poco rubato
  10. Prelude No. 3: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
  11. Bill Monroe Medley: Roanoke / Lonesome Moonlight Waltz / Wheel Hoss / C
  12. 1. 1957: Award Montage
  13. 2. November 25: Ichigaya
  14. 4: 1962: Body Building
  15. 6: 1937: Mishima / Closing
  16. Irish Roots Medley

Disc 2

  1. Hoe-Down
  2. 1. Allegro ma non troppo
  3. 2. Lento
  4. 3. Molto vivace
  5. 4. Finale: Vivace, ma non troppo
  6. Cool
  7. Shenandoah
  8. Prelude No. 1: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
  9. Prelude No. 2: Andante con moto e poco rubato
  10. Prelude No. 3: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
  11. Bill Monroe Medley: Roanoke / Lonesome Moonlight Waltz / Wheel Hoss / C
  12. 1. 1957: Award Montage
  13. 2. November 25: Ichigaya
  14. 4: 1962: Body Building
  15. 6: 1937: Mishima / Closing
  16. Irish Roots Medley

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Modern Mandolin Quartet   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Paul Binkley   Guitar,Mandola

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Aaron Copland   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Philip Glass   Composer
Victor Ledin   Producer
Daniel Shores   Engineer
Unspecified   Composer
Paul Binkley   Arranger,Liner Notes
American Traditional   Composer
Marina Ledin   Producer
Brandon Bloodworth   Graphic Design
Elizabeth Wall   Liner Notes

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