on 11 November 2009
Following a recent exposure of Jonathan Harvey's music on BBC R3's composer of the week, I finally decided to sample some of his work. This set of the String Quartets with the String Trio is particularly appealing, especially in the second disk where Harvey toys with an Irish Jig in the String Trio, and the 4th Quartet (with Electronics) is particularly sublime when one reaches the calm, beautiful, almost transcendental coda of the piece which seems (to my ears)to be a 21st Century homage to the music of the English pastoralists from the first half ot the 20th century. Lovely stuff! One of the best sets I've ever heard from the Arditti Quartet.
on 28 July 2009
The Arditti Quartet are well known for exploring modern repertoire, and this double CD was of music by a composer I had notr previously encountered. As is often the case, the string quartet medium brings out compositional qualities more than other instrumentations. On the basis of this recording, I will be looking out for other works by Harvey.