The Four Quarters: Works for String Quartet | Orchid Classics ORC100172

The Four Quarters: Works for String Quartet


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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100172

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 17th September 2021



The Solem Quartet has established itself as one of the most innovative, adventurous ensembles of its kind, a reputation cemented by this album, in which movements from The Four Quarters by Thomas Adès are interspersed with pieces by composers from Florence Price to Kate Bush, several of them arranged by the ensemble.

In The Four Quarters, Adès charts the course of a day, with the Solem Quartet building a programme around this structure so that the whole album becomes a chronological journey. Ivor Gurney and Henry Purcell add to the theme with Sleep and Now does the glorious day appear, while Bartók transports us to An Evening in the Village and Robert Schumann soothes with a Child Falling Asleep. There is folk music in the form of Ca’ the Yowes, to words by Robert Burns, and contemporary works by Cassandra Miller, William Marsey and Aaron Parker. The programme is completed by Florence Price’s soulful Summer Moon, and an arrangement of Kate Bush’s And Dream of Sheep.

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