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Quartets - Released January 15, 2013 | Aeon

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Catalan composer Roberto Gerhard was a student of Arnold Schoenberg and an important innovator of serial procedures in the 1950s, though there are aspects of his music that reflect older practices, including traditional Spanish folk music, Baroque and Classical forms, and some influences of his modern compatriots, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Manuel de Falla. The two numbered string quartets are mature works that incorporate these varied elements, yet cohere perfectly well on their own as wholly integrated personal expressions, without seeming derivative or overtly referential. The Arditti String Quartet performs these pieces with its customary facility and virtuosic brilliance, and violinist Irvine Arditti fills out the remainder of the program with a passionate performance of Gerhard's Chaconne for solo violin, offering the listener an album just under 55 minutes, which may seem rather short in duration, except for the fact that the music is quite concentrated and intense. The reproduction is clear and vibrant in a highly resonant space, though the strings' tone isn't especially warm.
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Chamber Music - Released February 10, 2015 | Aeon

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Classical - Released May 26, 2017 | Aeon

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Quartets - Released November 3, 2017 | Stradivarius

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Classical - Released March 25, 2014 | Aeon

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Classical - Released February 25, 2010 | Aeon

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Chamber Music - Released December 2, 2011 | Wergo

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Classical - Released December 6, 2013 | Wergo

The quartets of Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa presented here bring to mind a fusion of Western avant-garde textures and extended instrumental techniques with traditional Japanese aesthetics. It's an immensely absorbing combination, and his music appears to have evolved over the years in a more Japanese direction while not losing any of its innovative qualities. Consider the opening work, Blossoming, which true to its name depicts the blossoming of a flower. It sounds like a hackneyed concept, but the realization here is striking: the action unfolds over nearly 14 minutes coalescing out of silence and then a panoply of minute details. All the music uses silence in compelling ways. Possibly the highlight is the set entitled Kalligraphie (tracks 3-8), which again is straightforward in concept: it depicts the graceful brushstokes of traditional Japanese writing. But again the level of detail is striking; the work achieves an almost verbal utterance. The works on the album, though recognizably the product of the same composer, do not repeat themselves, and their engagement with traditional visual aesthetics have manifestly deepened over the 30 years during which they were composed. Needless to say, the technical requirements of this music for both the players and the engineers are formidable, and both the Arditti Quartet and the Wergo-label team are up to the task; the hair-trigger tension achieved by the Arditti players is remarkable. This is for even those who don't think they like contemporary string quartets.
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Chamber Music - Released November 2, 2018 | Kairos

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Chamber Music - Released September 16, 1997 | Mode Records

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Classical - Released September 14, 1999 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released July 25, 2014 | Wergo

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Chamber Music - Released February 22, 2005 | Mode Records

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Chamber Music - Released December 9, 2003 | Mode Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | naïve classique

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Chamber Music - Released July 8, 2003 | Mode Records

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1995 | Mode Records

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Chamber Music - Released May 1, 1991 | Mode Records

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Chamber Music - Released July 20, 1999 | CPO