Quincy Porter: String Quartet No. 3; Oboe Quintet
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL235     Release Date: 2010-01-01

Kohon Quartet: Harold Kohon, violin; Alvin Rogers, violin; Eugenie Dengel, viola; David Moore, cello;
Robert Bloom, oboe; Yale Quartet: Broadus Erle, violin; Syoko Aki, violin; David Schwartz, viola; Aldo Parisot, cello

Quincy Porter’s Quartet No. 3 and his Oboe Quintet were composed near the beginning and the very end of his career, respectively. The styles and expressive qualities of the works reflect the composer’s times of life, the Quartet being bright, direct, and comparatively sentimental, the Quintet being somber and elegiac.

Quartet No. 3 has three movements. The first bears, according to the composer’s notes, a by no means strict relation to the sonata form, with two themes and the use of development. The second movement is tranquil and reposeful in character. The final allegro moderato is in a stately triple rhythm.

The Oboe Quintet, Porter’s last major work, was commissioned by Mrs. J. V. N. Dorr in memory of her husband and was first played at the commencement exercises of the Wykenham Rise School in June, 1966; thus the music’s serious character, which included a fragment of the old chestnut of academia, Gaudeamus Igitur. Quincy Porter wrote the oboe part for Robert Bloom, and made the most of that instrument’s rich and colorful tone quality. Mr. Bloom and the Yale Quartet played the first performance. Like the Quartet No. 3 the Quintet is forthright and is not complicated by devotion to theories nor, indeed, to the acrid demands of modern dissonant style.

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String Quartet No. 3: I. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 3: II. Andante
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String Quartet No. 3: III. Allegro moderato
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Quintet for Oboe and Strings: I. Andante - allegro
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Quintet for Oboe and Strings: II. Adagio, molto espressivo
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Quintet for Oboe and Strings: III. Lento - allegro moderato
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Quintet for Oboe and Strings: IV. Adagio
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