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Sculthorpe: Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu [2 CDs + Blu-ray Audio]

Sculthorpe / Del Sol String Qrt / Kent
Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92181   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Stephen Kent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes 1 blu-ray audio CD playable on blu-ray players only and 1 standard CD playable on all CD players.

The two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Del Sol String Quartet team up with didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent to bring to life the unique Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Elected an Australia National Trust Living Treasure in 2002, Sculthorpe’s output relates closely to Australia‘s social and physical climate and the Pacific Basin cultures. Since the mid 1980s, Kent pioneered the contemporary use of didjeridu in myriad associations and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Sculthorpe passed away on Friday,
Read more August 8, 2014, at the age of 85. He was arguably Australia’s most famous composer. “His charm mixed with an instinct for austerity, spareness and an imagination for the sounds of a lonely Australian place created a uniquely distinctive musical voice,” said Peter McCallum of the Sydney Morning Herald. “Sculthorpe was the first Australian composer to create a distinctly Australian sound and style that communicated to a wide local and international audience [...] His genial influence on students and composers encouraged generations of composers to look inward rather than abroad to discover their own voice.”

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 16 by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Stephen Kent (Didjeridu)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; Australia 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 12 "From Ubirr" by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Stephen Kent (Didjeridu)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
3.
Quartet for Strings no 14 "Quamby" by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Stephen Kent (Didjeridu)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; Australia 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 18 by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Stephen Kent (Didjeridu)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The soul of Australia October 20, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Peter Sculthorpe's music captures the Australian character as completely as Aaron Copland's does the American. In his compositions for string quartet and didjeridu, Sculthorpe highlights the tensions between the indigenous aborigines of Australia and the encroachment of Western settlers. The string quartet is a distinctively European invention, the didjeridu an Australian. And yet Sculthorpe skillfully combines them to create a variety of sounds and textures that effectively convey his intended meanings. The didjeridu is more than just a simple bamboo tube. Through it, a skilled musicians (such as Stephen Kent in this recording), can be an expressive instrument, one that transforms the human voice into something that can be ethereal, guttural, intimate, or transcendent. At times instrument sounds like a bank of electronics, other times it sound distinctively human. The Del Sol Quartet have long embraced contemporary music, and in this recording they excel. Their performances are tight, disciplined, and blend in interesting ways with the didjeridu. Sometimes unusual instruments can sound as if they were grafted onto a standard ensemble. Not here. Sculthorpe fully integrates all the instruments in his music, and that's just how this band of five talented musicians performed it. I highly recommend listening to the Blu-ray recording. The didjeridu is capable of very subtle inflections that aren't fully audible in the CD or download versions." Report Abuse
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