This outstanding new release is part of Catalyst Quartet’s Uncovered Project, which aims “to collect all of the known and discoverable string quartet works by historically important black composers, in order to record them at the highest level and be a resource for their broader study, performance, and inclusion in the standard classical canon.”

Catalyst Quartet

Where the first volume in the project was devoted to the chamber music of Samuel Coleridge Taylor, this second volume shines the spotlight on the chamber music of Florence B. Price (1887-1953). Whereas the former composer’s works have previously been widely recorded, the latter’s are less so. Still, there are several recordings available from across Price’s considerable oeuvre (more than 300 works in total), which includes solo piano and organ music, chamber music, concertos and symphonies. One recent example are fine accounts of Price’s Symphonies 1 and 3 by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin for DG. Reminding us that another exceptional orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was, in 1933, the first major orchestra to perform a symphony by an...