April 24, 2012 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, email@example.com
Harrington String Quartet Featured on Chart-Topping CD
CANYON, Texas—Northern Lights, a CD album featuring the Phoenix Chorale and Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo along with performances by the Harrington String Quartet (HSQ), was released in February with chart-topping success and rave reviews.
The Harrington String Quartet, members of the string faculty at West Texas A&M University, recorded several tracks in May with Gjeilo, the Phoenix Chorale and conductor Charles Bruffy. The music was first available Feb. 5 on iTunes, and the CD was released by the Chandos label on Feb. 28, Since then, the disc has hit the number one selling classical album on Amazon.uk and spent more than five weeks at number 13 on the Traditional Classical Chart and recently returned at the number 12 spot. It also was featured on classic FM top 30 chart in the United Kingdom.
The album features five world premiere recordings and three pieces either commissioned, composed or dedicated to the Phoenix Chorale. The Harrington String Quartet performs on two tracks—”The Ground” and “Dark Night of the Soul”—and Emmanuel Lopez, HSQ cellist, performs on “Serenity.” The CD is available at amazon.com.
The Harrington String Quartet was created in 1981 through a gift from The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation. Members are Emmanuel Lopez, cellist, Keith Redpath and Rossitza Jekova-Goza, violinists, and Vesselin Todorov, violist.