8 (dedicated to the victims of fascism and war), the all-time favorite "Serenade" String Quartet attributed to Joseph Haydn and listed as Op. 5, and six of the Wister Quartet's favorite best-loved encores.features the Wister Quartet and has Giuseppe Verdi's virtuoso String Quartet in E Minor, Louis Gesensway's nostalgic "Five Russian Pieces," Maurice Ravel's glowing String Quartet in F Major, and Lloyd Smith's quirky "Storm Echoes Suite" Op.4 for accordion and strings (violinist Davyd Booth plays the accordion! features Duo Paganini (Nancy Bean, violin and viola, and guitarist/composer Allen Krantz).

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is a studio recording made by DTR Recording Co., featuring Sándor Devich's arrangement of Franz Liszt's exciting "Mephisto Waltz No.

1," Grazina Bacewicz's atmospheric String Quartet No. contains four works by Philadelphia-born composers: the Wister Quartet's highly acclaimed recording of Samuel Barber's String Quartet in B Minor, Op. " and contains Beethoven's great "Archduke" piano trio and Dohnányi's expressively beautiful Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. Nancy Bean is the violinist and Lloyd Smith the cellist in the trio, and the pianist is the internationally acclaimed concert artist Marcantonio Barone.

4 (1950), and Antonín Dvořák's monumental String Quartet in G Major, Op. 11 (featuring the "Adagio for Strings" slow movement); Philadelphia Orchestra bassoonist Bernard Garfield's listener-friendly Quartet for Bassoon and Strings (1959); Bonnee Hoy's hauntingly expressive "Lament" for solo violin; and Allen Krantz's eloquent "Sonata for Violin and Guitar" (1993). features the Wister Quartet playing Giacomo Puccini's haunting "Crisantemi," Ernö Dohnányi's sumptuous String Quartet in Db Major, Op. For the Dohnányi the Wister Quartet joins forces with Marcantonio Barone.

15, and Johannes Brahms' eloquent String Quartet in A Minor, Op. features the Wister Quartet and contains Charles Tomlinson Griffes' evocative "Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes" for string quartet, Dmitry Shostakovich's dramatic String Quartet No.

Going back to the 17th century, we hear Marin Marais' very charming "Suite" transcribed for viola and harp and finally Camille Saint-Saens' spontaneous-sounding "Fantaisie." features the Wister Quartet and is called "It Takes Four to Tango." It contains Joseph Haydn's energetic "Rider" Quartet, Op. 3; four Tangos arranged for string quartet (yes, it works!

) — Gardel's "Por Una Cabeza," Villoldo's "El Choclo," Gade's "Tango Jalousie," and de Abreu's "Tico-Tico." Also featured is Lloyd Smith's arrangement of Manuel de Falla's famous "Danse Espagnole" and Alexander Borodin's tuneful String Quartet No.2 in D Major (themes from this quartet were incorporated into the Broadway musical "Kismet").1 and 4; Agustin Barrios' plaintive "An Alm for the Love of God" for solo guitar; Schubert's exquisitely melodic "Arpeggione" sonata transcribed for viola and guitar; Allen Krantz's lovely "Nocturne" for viola and guitar, Op.23; and Astor Piazzolla's intriguing "Histoire du Tango" for violin and guitar.The encore on the CD is Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." features the Wister Quartet with Joseph Haydn's magical "Sunrise" String Quartet, Op. 4; Beethoven's extroverted String Quartet in A Major, Op. 6; and Claude Debussy's powerful String Quartet, Op. features Duo Parisienne (Nancy Bean, violin and viola, and Anne Sullivan, harp) with guest artist Philadelphia Orchestra flutist David Cramer.It contains Jacques Ibert's "Entr'acte;" a Mazurka by Emil Mlynarski; three gorgeous short works by Claude Debussy — his best-loved "Beau Soir," "Rêverie," and "Clair de Lune." Franz Doppler's fascinating "Casilda Fantasie" is next, and then Jacques Ibert's magical "Two Interludes" follows.