American Quintets Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective Debut

There are plenty of quintets by American composers to choose from. But the three presented here by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective hit that sweet spot for me. They’re all first-rate compositions, they’re not over-represented either in recordings or in concert, and they’re all played exceptionally well.

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective is just that — a loose collection of performers under the direction of Tom Poster and Elena Urioste. This is their debut recording.

Samuel Barber’s “Dover Beach” for medium voice and string quartet is probably the most-performed of the three works (and that’s a relative term). The Collective’s performance is atmospheric and engaging.

Amy Beach’s 1907 Piano Quintet is a well-crafted work that deserves a wider audience. This isn’t pretty music — it’s a composition of substance. And the Collective delivers on the quintet’s emotional energy and drama.

The Florence Price quintet was one of the works recently discovered in her old home. It receives its world premiere recording with this release.

Price may have used Brahms as a model, but she has her own voice. The incorporation of Black musical traditions into the work is seamless. Florence Price’s star continues to rise, and this recording should boost it even higher.

An exceptional program, performed by first-rate musicians. Now that’s how you do a debut recording!

American Quintets
Amy Beach; Florence Price; Samuel Barber
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
Chandos CHAN 20224

More Recent Posts

  • WTJU Jazz Profile: David Eisenman

    Tags:

    For decades, David Eisenman has served as WTJU’s Jazz Director, coordinating the department “as loosely as humanly possible,” as he puts it. He insists on responsible broadcasting, but with passion for the music and the love to share it. “Big in my playbook is diversity in the genre,” says David. “I have always attempted to make the umbrella […]

  • Stephen Pollock digs into Cherry Red, September 30

    Tags: , , , , ,

    Stephen Pollock, guitarist and leader of Cherry Red, the best Rolling Stones cover band in central Virginia, will join the Juddermeister on Induced to Judder September 30th at 9pm. Stephen will be promoting a special show the band will be performing paying tribute to Charlie Watts who recently passed away. This event will be held […]

  • WTJU Jazz Profile: Louise Largiader

    Tags:

    For Louise Largiader, WTJU was something of a slippery slope. First, she was a longtime listener. Then she started donating to the Marathons. Then answering phones during them. She says she never thought she’d be on the radio, but she made the jump to on-air DJ a few years ago. Here at the station, we’re so glad […]

  • WTJU Jazz Profile: Rebecca Foster

    Tags:

    Rebecca Foster brings eclectic music tastes to WTJU. Heck, one of the shows she hosts is even called Eclectic Woman. She also shares an hour of gospel every other Sunday morning during In The Spirit. And in more than two decades at WTJU, she has covered on-air shifts in each of our departments. Despite Rebecca’s youthful energy, she is not […]

  • WTJU Jazz Profile: Barrington Wilson

    Tags:

    Barrington Wilson is one of WTJU’s newest jazz hosts, becoming part of the station’s DJ lineup during the pandemic. Every other Tuesday night, he hosts Straight No Filter from 9 – 11 p.m. In anticipation of WTJU’s upcoming Jazz Marathon, we asked Barrington about his experience of WTJU. Why did you get involved at the station? My wife was […]

  • New Jazz & Blues Releases – 9/21/2021

    New Jazz & Blues Releases – 9/21/2021 New Jazz Releases Charlie Ballantine – Reflect/Introspection: The Music of Thelonious Monk (Green Mind): “Charlie Ballantine is acclaimed as one of the finest and most versatile  young guitarists on the scene today. JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE hails his playing as “teeming with intricate grooves and maniacal precision his guitar […]