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Composer Jurg Frey's 1988 work "String Quartet" realized by Nadia Francavilla, Clemens Merkel, Stephanie Bozzini and Isabelle Bozzini, exploring ideas of audibility: the moment when sound waves move in space and the air touches the body.
 

Frey, Jurg
String Quartets

Frey, Jurg: String Quartets (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records    
Released in: Germany    


"Material can be anonymous. Consider, for example, the middle voices in medieval hymn books: unadorned, not artful, a simple handiwork, a leisurely alternation of single notes. It might be a scale, or, beyond music, the stones of a wall, not artfully stacked, but simply and properly, the formal idea being nothing other than that of a wall.

When I was working on the String Quartet (1988), I encountered the painting of Agnes Martin. I saw clear-cut forms, not overgrown with rhetoric and figuration. Instead, sensuality, radiance and intensity gripped the entire space. There was a kind of visibility to her art, which I felt corresponded to the audibility in my music. Audibility: the moment when sound waves move in space and the air touches the body. The eardrum is the sensory connection between the outside and the inside world: we hear the sound and the composition.

Over the years it became more and more clear to me, that there is no anonymous material - each material has its shape, and as soon as it exists in space and time, it carries a distinct handwriting. Anonymous material is rather an idea that brings the work to a point where concentration on what is essential becomes possible, and allows one to feel that he is starting from zero."-Jürg Frey, translation: Michael Pisaro






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Product Information:

UPC: 4011778041412

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 0410
Squidco Product Code: 21815

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded at Zurich Radiostudio, in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 2nd and 3rd, 2004.

Personnel:

Jurg Frey-composer

Nadia Francavilla-violin

Clemens Merkel-violin

Stephanie Bozzini-viola

Isabelle Bozzini-violoncello

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Track Listing:

1. Streichquartett (1988) 10:56

2. (Unbetitelt) VI (1990-91) 18:55

3. Zwei allerletzte Sachelchen (1990) - Mailied 0:49

4. Zwei allerletzte Sachelchen - Vorbie 0:27

5. Streichquartett II (1998-2000) 29:00







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