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Two works from composer Frey performed by Montreal's string ensemble Quatuor Bozzini: "String Quartet No. 3", a minimal work of colors, sensations, shadows, durations; and "Unhorbare Zeit" exploring durations without sound, or empty volumes, to achieve lucidity and transparency.
 

Frey, Jurg
String Quartet No. 3 / Unhorbare Zeit

Frey, Jurg: String Quartet No. 3 / Unhorbare Zeit (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records    
Released in: Germany    


"The string quartet [String Quartet No. 3] sounds sometimes like the silence of a square, a room, a wall or a landscape. The music is silent, but not absent. It is not speechless, and it also does not move with virtuosity bordering on silence. The music gets its vitality and its radiance, not from gesture and figuration, but in quiet presence - everything is there: colours, sensations, shadows, durations. The music is silent architecture.

The music has different emotional and architectural sonic spaces. Voluminous and fallow land, lightness and heaviness of materials, intimacy and being lost appear and disappear. And there are lines between which one crosses quietly. This music is created by simple and clear procedures; however, the requirement for the precision increases. Elemental materials and constructions are thereby perceived as a sensation, and mindfulness consists in hanging these sensations in balance before they have arrived at the limitations of expressiveness.

Unhörbare Zeiten (inaudible times) are empty volumes in the music. Durations without sounds define their own entity and develop their architectural presence. One should add nothing to these empty volumes, neither in composition nor while listening. They should remain open, light and serene. I am working with audible and inaudible durations that appear partly simultaneously and partly consecutively. They give the piece lucidity and transparency, as well as materiality and solidity. There are sometimes almost spatial or bodily deci- sions to achieve a balance of the material, of the feeling for the piece, and of the compositional technique, and to create, from an initial idea of something limitless - a music with energy and breath."-Edition Wandelweiser






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Product Information:

UPC: 4011778041986

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1507
Squidco Product Code: 21830

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded in Bern, Switzerland in May 11th, 12th and 13th, 2015.

Personnel:

Isabelle Bozzini-cello

Jurg Frey-composer

Quatuor Bozzini-performer

Stephanie Bozzini-violin

Alissa Cheung-violin

Clemens Merkel-violin

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Track Listing:

1. String Quartet No.3 31:59

2. Unhorbare Zeit 35:55







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