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Sollima: 4 Strings


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In the collective imagination, the string quartet is associated with the great classical repertoire, but in the past twenty years it has inevitably been affected by the experimentations of contemporary music and by the influence of the increased circulation and popularity of jazz. Thus the creation of a “non-classical” string quartet which, however, borrows the classical quartet’s discipline, technique and founding philosophy. The Alkemia Quartet became immediately interested in the works of Giovanni Sollima. Though entirely notated, these pieces require some improvisation and a modern and transverse freedom of interpretation, fully reflecting the technical and creative mastery of their composer, who melds music from John Dowland to Kurt Cobain, from Bach to Webern. Sollima 4 strings starts from the roots, blending minimalistic Mediterranean atmospheres with Celtic, pop and rock music, always in the search of a new, suitable sound. This programme includes the world premiere recording of Africa, a work dated 1994 in the Sonzogno catalogue and about which Sollima said: “I found it dancing, in a tragic way. You dug it up again, and you have given it an awesome, new, fresh, sensual, dynamic and very personal reading.”
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Item number DYN-CDS7800
Barcode 8007144078003
Release date 3/23/2018
Category Chamber Music
Label DYNAMIC
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Alkemia Quartet
Disc: 1
Viaggio in Italia00:10:00
1 Viaggio in Italia: Federico II 00:09:53 Alkemia Quartet
Zobeide00:07:00
2 Zobeide 00:06:39 Alkemia Quartet
Sonnets et Rondeaux00:10:00
3 Sonnets et rondeaux: I. — 00:01:52 Alkemia Quartet
4 Sonnets et rondeaux: II. — 00:02:23 Alkemia Quartet
5 Sonnets et rondeaux: III. — 00:02:15 Alkemia Quartet
6 Sonnets et rondeaux: IV. — 00:01:41 Alkemia Quartet
7 Sonnets et rondeaux: V. — 00:01:39 Alkemia Quartet
8 Sonnets et rondeaux: VI. — 00:01:58 Alkemia Quartet
Viaggio in Italia00:10:00
9 Viaggio in Italia: L'isola Ferdinandea 00:10:53 Alkemia Quartet
10 Viaggio in Italia: Cretto 00:02:11 Alkemia Quartet
11 Viaggio in Italia: L'ortolano 00:04:14 Alkemia Quartet
Africa00:19:00
12 Africa: I. — 00:04:46 Alkemia Quartet
13 Africa: II. — 00:09:36 Alkemia Quartet
14 Africa: III. — 00:04:20 Alkemia Quartet
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