Christopher Wright - Four String Quartets
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Label: Nimbus - Alliance
Cat No: NI6291
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd November 2014
WorksString Quartet no.1
String Quartet no.2
String Quartet no.3
String Quartet no.4 'Beacon Fell'
"The four string quartets largely span my adult composing career (of forty years) from my early twenties to the present and are the only single genre to which I have consistently returned. Their combined narrative represents a 'compositional journey' which has consisted of two parallel paths that in a sense glancing retrospectively over music’s 20th-century development, shadow it. Those two paths have both conflicted with and complemented each other; I refer to their lyricism-tonality on the one hand contrasted with starkness-atonality on the other, traits that have become far more focussed musically in a 21st-century post-modern world. From this perspective, these four individual works may be better appreciated as one entity through similarities - not initially intentional but now apparent - and their differences.
Each quartet was conceived as non-programmatic abstract pieces of music however the first and fourth are 'descriptive' in that they were inspired by specific landscapes: respectively the East Suffolk Coast, and Beacon Fell Lancashire. Only the fourth quartet has a title and four distinct movements." - Christopher Wright
Formed in 2006, the Fejes Quartet first came to know each other initially as members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. A chance opportunity to work together as a quartet established a musical collaboration of the highest quality. Following their first concerts, the quartet quickly gained a reputation for their lively performances and engaging approach, resulting in invitations to perform at many music societies throughout Scotland.
- Tamás Fejes & Patrick Curlett, violins
- Mike Lloyd, viola
- Rachael Lee, cello
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