Traces

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Tracklist

1.
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Allegro con spirito
01:15
2.
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Rubato. Lamentoso - Allegro grazioso
03:21
3.
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Allegro grazioso
02:43
4.
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Presto ruvido
01:02
5.
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Adagio. Mesto (Bela Bartok in memoriam)
02:26
6.
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Molto vivace. Capriccioso
01:23
7.
Chorale Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 260
01:03
8.
Two pieces for string quartet - Elegy (Adagio)
04:04
9.
Two pieces for string quartet - Polka (Allegretto)
02:27
10.
Chorale Ach Gott, er hor mein Seufzen und Wehklagen, BWV254
01:02
11.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Allegro, Piu mosso
06:49
12.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Canzona Variee - Thema (Andante)
01:23
13.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 1 (L'istesso tempo)
01:15
14.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 2 (con anima)
01:03
15.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 3 ? a la Schumann (Grave)
02:58
16.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 4
01:57
17.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 5 ? Scherzo (Presto)
01:41
18.
Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Finale (Allegro moderato, Piu mosso)
06:16
19.
Chorale Ach, was soll ich Sunder machen, BWV 259
00:56
20.
Reverie for piano, L. 76
04:41
21.
Chorale Als vierzig Tag nach Ostern war'n, BWV 266
00:58
22.
You've been talking in your sleep for saxophone quartet
08:38
23.
Chorale Ach lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 256
01:02
24.
Oblivion (1982)
03:46

Description

TRACES

Every relationship has its special moments: meeting for the first time, overcoming an obstacle together or losing track of time in each other’s company. These moments are points where individual’s stories become one. Milestones that define the path you follow together. This CD traces the path that the Ardemus Quartet has pursued over the last few years. For the Ardemus Quartet the works of Ligeti, Shostakovich, Glazunov, Debussy, Piazzolla, Biedenbender and Bach are those milestones. They remind the quartet of wonderful concerts and inspiring coaching sessions but also of efforts and challenges. The music on this CD made the Ardemus Quartet into the ensemble it is today and gave all four young musicians the opportunity to grow both as a group and as individuals. Even though they all come from different countries, they find a common language through these works.

The Ardemus Quartet presents various musical styles on this CD, original pieces as well as transcriptions. Each of the Six bagatelles by György Ligeti presents a different musical idea and technical challenge, the piece fully showcases the possibilities of the ensemble. The Saxophone Quartet by Alexander Glazunov is the pillar of the classical saxophone repertoire and one of the first pieces written for this formation. The Two pieces for string quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich explore opposite emotions in two short movements. The dreamy Rêverie by Claude Debussy brings all the colors of the saxophones to life, while frantic and groovy You’ve been talking in your sleep by young American composer David Biedenbender shows the “wild side” of the formation. One of the most performed pieces by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion – rounds up the CD and lets the listener get lost in the moment. The pieces are connected by Four part chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach – they serve as a red thread through out the CD.

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Tom Peeters

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Tom Peeters

Recording location

Westvest90, Schiedam, Netherlands

Recording date

dec 2018

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Brüel & Kjaer 4003, modified by Rens Heijnis

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DSD256

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Acoustic Revive

Editing

Tom Peeters

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Merging Technologies, Pyramix

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KEF 105.3

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Press reviews

Opus Klassiek

Vier jonge musici van internationale allure die in 2014 een saxofoonkwartet begonnen dat als finalist van de ‘Dutch Classical Talent Award 2017/18′ ook in ons land al spoedig danig van zich deed spreken. Het is ‘slechts’ een van de vele prijzen die het ensemble in de wacht wist te slepen. De vele concerten en het optreden op vele muziekfestivals tonen eveneens aan dat het Ardemus zich in vrij korte tijd heeft ontwikkeld tot een topensemble dat – het beperkte repertoire voor saxofoonkwartet in ogenschouw genomen – zijn toevlucht vaak moet zoeken bij bewerkingen, waar dankzij het indrukwekkende spelpeil, de ‘brandende’ muzikaliteit en de ook in idiomatisch opzicht kameleonachtige interpretaties van dit viertal niets op tegen kan zijn. Bovendien kan het verfrissend zijn om bekende stukken eens in een geheel ander jasje te horen…Kortom, dit debuut smaakt duidelijk naar meer! – Aart van der Wal

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