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Whittington: Music For Airport Furniture / Zephyr Quartet

Whittington / Zephyr Quartet
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Cold Blue   Catalog #: 38   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen Whittington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zephyr String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 23 Mins. 

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A specially-priced CD-single (23 min.)

WHITTINGTON Music for Airport Furniture • Zephyr Qrt • COLD BLUE 0038 (22: 46)

"Of th[is] CD, Australian composer Stephen Whittington writes, “Music for Airport Furniture is a work for string quartet that alludes to Erik Satie’s Furniture Music.” (I would guess that it also alludes to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports. Perhaps that is too obvious to mention.) Continuing, “I was interested in the airport departure lounge as an arena for human emotions—boredom, apprehension, hope, despair, loneliness, the tenderness of farewells—all taking place within a bland, often desolate space.” Music for Airport Furniture is a gorgeous minimalist work in which a string quartet broods on
Read more limited harmonic material; occasionally, a hint of melody ruffles its slow-moving and placid (but is it really?) surface. It doesn’t take much imagination to hear Whittington’s description of the emotions associated with airports mirrored in this work, which is nearly monotonous but never boring, given the sensuousness of the harmonies. Imagine Bernard Herrmann crossed with Morton Feldman (Bernard Feldman? Morton Herrmann? Burton Mannfeld?), and you’ll get the general idea. The Zephyr Quartet (violinists Belinda Gehlert and Emily Tulloch, violist Jason Thomas, and cellist Hilary Kleinig) plays it with appropriate and paradoxical frozen passion. It’s a beautifully creepy way to spend 23 minutes. This is Whittington’s first Cold Blue Music CD. I would like to hear more from him, and I hope that he becomes part of Fox’s 'stable.'”

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Music For Airport Furniture by Stephen Whittington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zephyr String Quartet

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