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DRESS CODE


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Navona Records proudly presents Dress Code, the debut release from Colorado-based string ensemble Altius Quartet. Comprised of violinists Joshua Ulrich and Andrew Giordano, violist Andrew Krimm, and cellist Zachary Reaves, the quartet's core mission is to strive for universality in their music and communicate directly with their listeners. It's this outlook that led to Dress Code's eclectic blend of genres, with works from eighteenth-century classical repertoire to 1980's pop being presented both on their own and combined in new arrangements. Altius attributes the album's appeal for a wide range of musical palates to "each work being derived from a universal source of invention and innovation, representative of the times in history from whence they came." Interspersed between the album's more contemporary arrangements are movements of two classical works from vastly different eras. Drawing from the classical period themes of Franz Josef Haydn's Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1 and the ragtime sensibilities of William Bolcom's Three Ghost Rags, the quartet emulates the works' playfulness in a way which makes for seamless transitions between their more mainstream song selections. Reaves provides fresh arrangements of these popular staples, which include a medley of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and "Kashmir"; Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"; and a-ha's "Take on Me." Perhaps the most unique arrangement among these newer pieces is Take It, an unlikely pairing of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." The result is a bold endeavor which pays equal homage to both songs while creating an invigorating new composition in the process; one that effortlessly combines the appeal of classical, jazz and pop. Dress Code offers much in the way of musical treats, all of which are bolstered by Altius' proficient playing and clear cohesion as an ensemble. And even after the album concludes, perceptive listeners might even discover some hidden gems from the quartet's playbook lying just beneath the surface.
Facts
Item number NV6078
Barcode 896931003780
Release date 4/14/2017
Category Chamber Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Altius Quartet
Disc: 1
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III:00:23:57
1 String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III: 00:06:47 Altius Quartet
Take It (arr. Z. Reaves for string quartet)00:04:00
2 Take It (Arr. Z. Reaves for String Quartet) 00:04:15 Altius Quartet
3 Ghost Rags (arr. for string quartet)00:04:00
3 3 Rags for String Quartet: No. 1, Graceful Ghost 00:03:44 Altius Quartet
Stairway to Heaven - Kashmir (arr. Z. Reaves for s00:07:00
4 Stairway to Heaven / Kashmir (Arr. Z. Reaves for S 00:07:10 Altius Quartet
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III:00:23:57
5 String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III: 00:06:14 Altius Quartet
3 Ghost Rags (arr. for string quartet)00:04:00
6 3 Rags for String Quartet: No. 2, The Poltergeist 00:04:13 Altius Quartet
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III:00:23:57
7 String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III: 00:04:18 Altius Quartet
3 Ghost Rags (arr. for string quartet)00:04:00
8 3 Rags for String Quartet: No. 3, Incineratorag 00:03:31 Altius Quartet
Stand by Me (arr. Z. Reaves for string quartet)00:03:00
9 Stand by Me (Arr. Z. Reaves for String Quartet) 00:02:55 Altius Quartet
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III:00:23:57
10 String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, Hob. III: 00:05:43 Altius Quartet
Take on Me (arr. Z. Reaves for string quartet)00:03:00
11 Take On Me (Arr. Z. Reaves for String Quartet) 00:03:16 Altius Quartet
Mustang Sally (arr. for string quartet)00:03:00
12 Mustang Sally (Arr. Z. Reaves for String Quartet) 00:02:46 Altius Quartet
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