Jupiter Quartet Album Among Grammy Award Entries
The Jupiter String Quartet's latest album Alchemy (Marquis Classics) with pianist Bernadette Harvey will be among the entries for the GRAMMY Awards® in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
Alchemy features 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 (violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel, and cellist Daniel McDonough) 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.
Of the collaboration, violist Liz Freivogel says, "Bernadette Harvey is an absolute joy to play with. She brings an extraordinary level of clarity and creativity to every piece she explores, and it is wonderful to collaborate with a musician of such sensitivity and depth."
Alchemy was co-produced by Grammy Award-winner Matthew Snyder and Peter Rejto; mastered by Matthew Snyder at Allegro Recordings in Burbank, California; and recorded May 6-8 2018 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Foellinger Great Hall at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Album cover image of Jupiter courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS.
Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Quintet will also be included in first-round voting for the GRAMMY Awards® in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition.