"The Jupiter String Quartet and Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey play these demanding works vividly and expressively, their virtuosity suited to the brilliant motions that American composer Pierre Jalbert induces in his Piano Quintet (2017) and Secret Alchemy for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2012). The players also excel in reflective passages and evocative sonorities...
I can only offer the highest possible praise for the late, Steven Stucky’s outstanding one-movement Piano Quartet (2005). A long, sorrowful melody begins shortly after the opening, broken into motifs yet somehow finding the strength to go on. This work is too rich to describe in words; I hope readers will find their way to hearing it." - Roger Knox, The Wholenote
The Jupiter String Quartet performs Alchemy with pianist Bernadette Harvey. The album features the world premiere recordings of four works commissioned by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music: Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Quintet (2017); Steven Stucky’s Piano Quartet (2005); Carl Vine’s Fantasia for Piano Quintet (2013); and Pierre Jalbert’s Secret Alchemy for violin, viola, cello, and piano (2012).
The Jupiter Quartet and Bernadette Harvey met in 2017 at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, where they gave the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Quintet. They reunited to record this work in honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary and to celebrate the commissioning program of Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, the festival’s supporting organization. Since 1997, AFCM has nurtured new music through commissioning contemporary composers to write new works – 69 to date – many of which are now widely performed and recorded.
Catalog: MAR 491
Pierre Jalbert: Piano Quintet
(World Premiere March 19, 2017 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival)
1. I. Mannheim Rocket (Furioso)
2. II. Kyrie (Still, chant-like)
3. III. Scherzo (Light, nimble,short)
4. IV. Pulse (Driving)
5. Steven Stucky: Piano Quartet
(World Premiere March 13, 2005 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival)
6. Carl Vine: Fantasia for Piano Quintet
(World Premiere March 24, 2013 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival)
Pierre Jalbert: Secret Alchemy for violin, viola, violoncello, piano
(World Premiere March 11, 2012 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival)
7. I. Mystical
8. II. Agitated, relentless
9. III. Timeless, mysterious, reverberant
10. IV. With great energy