The Jupiter String Quartet announces the May 10, 2019 release of Alchemy with pianist Bernadette Harvey on Marquis Classics. This 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.
The other works on Alchemy were chosen because Harvey also performed in the world premieres of Jalbert’s Secret Alchemy and Vine’s Piano Quintet. Peter Rejto, her husband and the Artistic Director of the festival, was the cellist in the Stucky Piano Quartet premiere, and all of the premieres occurred at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival.
Watch Jupiter Quartet and Harvey Perform Jalbert’s Piano Quintet: