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Quatuor Bozzini: Michael Oesterle: Quatuors (Collection QB)

German-born Canadian composer living in Deux-Montagnes, Quebec Michael Oesterle has a long relationship with the Quatuor Bozzini beginning with their first commission 25 years ago, here in four works including a tribute to English mathematician Alan Turing, the large-scale "String Quartet No. 4", and a piece inspired by Quebec poet Nicole Brossard's book Mecanique jongleuse.
 

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Michael Oesterle-composer

Alissa Cheung-violin

Clemens Merkel-violin

Stephanie Bozzini-viola

Isabelle Bozzini-cello


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UPC: 771028372928

Label: Collection QB
Catalog ID: CQB 2229
Squidco Product Code: 31966

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Eglise Saint-Joseph de Riviere-des-Praries, in Montreal, Canada, on April 19th - 23rd, 201, by James Clemens-Seely.

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"Michael Oesterle's friendship and connection with the Quatuor Bozzini dates back nearly 25 years to the quartet's very first commission. Ever since, Oesterle has been exploring the sound of the string quartet through a catalog that spans from 1998 to 2019. Brilliantly constructed, his music is playful, intimate, sentimental, and demanding.

"Daydream Mechanics" is inspired by the book Mecanique jongleuse by Quebec poet Nicole Brossard and explores hypnotic figures, playing on the border between memory and perception.

String Quartet No. 3 "Alan Turing" is a tribute to the English scientist and his free spirit whose creative potential we have irretrievably lost. Serious or playful, the colorful and evocative pieces of Three Pieces for String Quartet have as a common thread endangered animals.

Finally, his most recent String Quartet No. 4, is a large-scale work with a calm and sprawling style. And as in all his music, the search for balance in the musical materials, which are geometric and expressive, is at the forefront."-QB Collection


Artist Biographies

"Michael Oesterle (born 1968) is a German-born Canadian composer currently living in Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, Canada. His compositions have been performed by classical ensembles throughout Canada and internationally.

Oesterle was born in Germany. He immigrated to Vancouver British Columbia as a teenager. He attended the University of British Columbia where he studied composition, and later earned a master's degree from Princeton University.

Oesterle has created a large variety of compositions. In 1997, with pianist Marc Couroux, he founded the Ensemble KORE in Montreal. He was commissioned by the Berlin Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester to create music for the Berliner Musik Biennale 1999. He was composer-in-residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal from 2001 to 2004.

In 2014 Oesterle composed a symphony, New World. Its fourth movement, "Home", was performed by the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2018. His work "Centennials" was included on the Gryphon Trio's 2015 album Elements Eternal.

His work "Entr'actes" was performed by the Victoria Symphony as part of its 2016 cross-Canada tour. That year Oesterle lectured at the Conservatoire in Birmingham, United Kingdom, where his work "California" was performed by the Thallein Ensemble."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Oesterle)
5/15/2024

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" "... classical music without pretence... " is Alissa Cheung's approach to her multi-faceted career. A native of Edmonton (Alberta) violinist and composer, Ms Alissa Cheung (BSc '07, BMus '09, MM '13), is a tenured member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) since 2010 and will move to Montréal in January 2015 to join the Bozzini Quartet.

She has been involved with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall and Suntory Hall, and solos with the ESO and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. Ms Cheung has been featured in Vue Weekly Magazine and Edmonton Sun, and was aired on CBC, CKUA, and WKPN Radio.

An adamant interpreter of new music, Alissa has performed numerous contemporary works and was an Artist in Residence at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival (2011), at the and at the Lucerne Festival Academy (2013).

As a composer, her works have been performed at the Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music (Edmonton), Jordan Hall (Boston), Morse Recital Hall (New Haven, CT), and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Upcoming projects include a commission by the Arx Duo and the Bass Line Road Ensemble. Ms Cheung studied composition with Hannah Lash (Yale) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Edmonton).

In addition to private teaching, Ms Cheung has been Sessional Instructor at King's University College and faculty member of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. Educational outreach initiatives include being a Teaching Artist with ESO's Adopt-a-Player Program and with the National Arts Centre's Music Alive Program.

Ms Cheung's principal violin teachers were Marian Moody, Ranald Shean, Broderyck Olson (Edmonton), Thomas Williams (McGill), and Ani Kavafian (Yale). Other influential coaches include Malcolm Lowe, Mark Fewer, Rafael Rosenfeld, Kyoko Hashimoto, and members of the former Tokyo, Juilliard and Concord string quartets."

-Quatuor Bozzini Website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=cheung_al)
5/15/2024

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"Clemens Merkel's unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language, and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage, and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal's Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging experimentalists to today's most revered composers.

For over a decade, Merkel's unusual sound has fused with that of the Quatuor Bozzini, considered one of the world's leading string quartets. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through the Composer's Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertake multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintain a profound impact on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montréal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.

Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent's leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montréal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Québec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. His presence is felt in academia as well, through articles written for the Revue Circuit, and through his teaching at Concordia University. He's a passionate chef and lives in Montréal's Portuguese neighborhood together with his wife Isabelle Bozzini and children Félix and Béatrice."

-Quatuor Bozzini website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=merkel_cl)
5/15/2024

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"Stéphanie Bozzini. Born Montréal, Québec, 1974. Performer (viola)

Stéphanie Bozzini is a founding member of the Bozzini Quartet, a new music string quartet which performs regularly in major festivals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America. Her curiosity and interest in a number of musical styles, from historically informed period instrument playing to contemporary improvisation, have led her to become a remarkably versatile musician.

Solo performances include Huddersfield (UK), Ostrava Days Festival (Czech Rep), NY MUSIK (Sweden), and REDCAT CalArts (Los Angeles). She is principal viola with Arion, and plays regularly with other baroque music groups including Tafelmusik, Theatre of Early Music and SMCQ. Stéphanie has been a long-time collaborator with contemporary ensembles Bradyworks and Kore, as well as Ensemble Lunaire (Zürich). Major orchestral engagements include the Tonhalle of Zurich and the Winterthurer Stadtorchester, and chamber orchestras such as I Musici and Les Violons du Roy. Other chamber music projects have led to performances at The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Tonhalle Zurich, and the Festival des Îles du Bic. Stéphanie Bozzini teaches viola at the Music Department, Concordia University in Montréal."

-Quatuor Bozzini Website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=bozzini_st)
5/15/2024

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"Isabelle Bozzini. Born Montréal, Québec, 1969. Performer (cello).

A passionate chamber player, cellist Isabelle Bozzini is dedicated to exploring two parallel worlds - new music of all kinds and music on period instruments. This endeavour continuously challenges her and nourishes her artistic aspirations.

She is a founding member of the Quatuor Bozzini which since its inception in 1999 has become one of Canada's leading string quartets on national and international scenes. Playing close to forty concerts per year, the Bozzinis produce their own concert series in Montréal including the Salon des compositeurs + Composer's Kitchen event. They tour several times per year in Europe, the US and Canada and have launched the label collection qb in the Fall of 2004 in collaboration with DAME. Isabelle Bozzini also works with Kore Ensemble, and various improvising artists such as Malcolm Goldstein, François Houle, Benoît Delbecq, Diane Labrosse and Jean Derome. Having collaborated for many years with Joël Thiffault and the Montréal Baroque Orchestra, Isabelle Bozzini now plays regularly with Ensemble Arion. She also plays with Idées Heureuses, Ensemble Caprice, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, and French harpsichordist and conductor Hervé Niquet."

-Quatuor Bozzini Website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=bozzini_is)
5/15/2024

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Track Listing:



1. String Quartet No. 4 26:22

2. Daydream Mechanics 12:19

3. Three Pieces for String Quartet: I. Kingfisher 3:07

4. Three Pieces for String Quartet: II. Orangutan 5:45

5. Three Pieces for String Quartet: III. Orb Weaver 3:19

6. String Quartet No. 3 "Alan Turing": I. I 4:53

7. String Quartet No. 3 "Alan Turing": II. II 3:52

8. String Quartet No. 3 "Alan Turing": III. III 3:20

9. String Quartet No. 3 "Alan Turing": IV. IV 2:24

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