Available May 1, 2021
Alexander String Quartet
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)Prelude and Fugue in D-flat Major, Op. 87, no. 15 (arranged by Zakarias Grafilo)
Jerome Kern (1885–1945)“All the Things You Are” from Very Warm for May (arranged by Kern and transcribed by Charles Miller)
Jerome Kern (1885–1945)“The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time (arranged by Kern and transcribed by Charles Miller)
George Walker (1922–2018)String Quartet No. 1 (excerpt)
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)String Quartet in F Major
Assez vif—Très rythmé
Vif et agité
George Gershwin (1898–1937)Lullaby for String Quartet
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
In their 40th year, this celebrated quartet is among the world’s premiere ensembles, widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich. The quartet has established itself as an important advocate of new music with many commissions from contemporary composers.
The quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco. Formed in New York City in 1981, they captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. They play on a matched set of instruments made in San Francisco by Francis Kuttner.
The quartet has a distinguished and wide-ranging discography, including the combined string quartet cycles of Bartók and Kodály, the String Quintets and Sextets of Brahms, and the Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets. Their tour of Poland for the Beethoven Easter Festival was captured in a 2017 documentary film Con Moto.