The music of Charles Martin Loeffler was often played in the United States and elsewhere until his death in 1935. Gradually his reputation faded. This is unfortunately a frequent phenomenon. It clearly also happened with Sibelius.
The Music for Four Stringed Instruments is a great string quartet which uses Gregorian themes. It was written in memory of an aviator who died during World War I. It is one of the best American chamber works. The other two pieces are almost as good. This is one of Naxos' best CDs.
Having given us a great recording of Loeffler's chamber works, hopefully Naxos will give us a recording of two of Loeffler's best orchestral works, Memories of My Childhood and La Bonne Chanson.