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String Lines - Elektra String Quartet
String Lines - Elektra String Quartet (ABC Classics 476 5039)
SKU: 16106
Price:
AU $25.40

  
Label: ABC Classics Cat. No.: 476 5039 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1
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The Elektra String Quartet, one of Australia's leading electro-acoustic ensembles present a selection of powerful works specifically commissioned for Elektra's unique sound and approach to music-making, from some of Australia's most happening, funky and very living composers.

These works represent something of the unique working relationships that developed over time between a jazz, techno and ambient- based, technology driven ensemble, and a number of composers [straining at the leash,] seeking to give voice to some of their less culturally permissible primal urges.

Elektra String Quartet's invitation to compose a string quartet was for Nigel Westlake an opportunity to bridge and explore some of the various dichotomies or oppositions in our cultural life-world: 'classical' versus 'popular', serious' vs 'light-hearted', even 'humorous', and so on. "High Tension Wires" was born, and the image or metaphor of wire, with its multiple associations of violin strings, telegraph wires, electrical discharges and strange, icy harmonics generated by 'wind in the wires', allowed for many musical possibilities...

This stunning all-Australian album is testament to the beauty and strength of Australian composition. Performed by the Elektra string quartet, and with a guest appearance by Margery Smith (saxophone, bass clarinet), this album showcases the variety of Australian contemporary composers including Matthew Hindson, Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope, Romano Crivici and the already-mentioned Nigel Westlake.

"There is a whole world of music that defies the neat categories of marketing departments and record stores. The many artists who dare to fall between the cracks, -who cannot be accurately labelled jazz, classical, rock ...and so on, -run the risk of being ignored or even ostracised by an industry that doesn't care for deviants.So it is that an ensemble like Elektra can fall between the shop shelves, radio programs, critics and even between venues." - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 18th June, 1997.

Artists: Elektra String Quartet.
Composers: Romano Crivici, Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson, Paul Stanhope, Nigel Westlake.
Tracks:
NIGEL WESTLAKE (b. 1958)
High Tension Wires
1
2
3
4
I.
II.
III.
IV.  

ROSS EDWARDS (b. 1943)
Chorale and Ecstatic Dance
5
6
I.
II.
Chorale
Ecstatic dance

PAUL STANHOPE (b. 1969)
7PhoSpherics

MATTHEW HINDSON (b. 1968)
Technologic 135
8
9
10  
I.
II.
III.
Adagio rubato
Poco allegro
Cantabile

ROMANO CRIVICI (b. 1953)
Mantra
11
12
13
14
I.
II.
III.
IV.
Allegro - Adagio
Allegro
Adagio, tempo rubato
Poco andante
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 16106
Label: ABC Classics
Catalog #: 476 5039
Price: AU $25.40   
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