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Intricate Web / Lixenberg, Tuach, Woodley, Fitzwilliam String Quartet


Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Metier   Catalog #: 77206  
Composer:  Liz Johnson
Performer:  Heather TuachRonald WoodleyAlan GeorgeLoré Lixenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Liz Johnson is a British composer with a very special gift and distinctive style, definitely in the avant-garde mold yet not totally alien to ‘traditional-music’ lovers. ‘Intricate Web’ is not only the title of one of the quartets here (there are four numbered String Quartets and two other works for the quartet) but also accurately describes her compositional technique which is complex and detailed, requiring top class performers. It may also describe the way in which the pieces here have been assembled, splitting cello solos and vocal pieces between the quartets to create a web of fascinating sounds and textures. The Fitzwilliam String Quartet is undoubtedly one of today’s most celebrated ensembles with a fine reputation in the world of Read more new music. Cellist Heather Tuach plays solo in the breathtaking Cello Suite. Soprano Loré Lixenberg deals with the immense difficulty of the writing in the Jo Shapcott Settings and Ronald Woodley provides a magical performance on several clarinets. In all, a superb introduction to a major composer deserving wide recognition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings No. 3 "Intricate Web" by Liz Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; England 
2.
Suite for Cello "Reflections of an Eccentric English Artist" by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Heather Tuach (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; England 
3.
Towards the Sea by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Heather Tuach (Cello), Ronald Woodley (Clarinet), Alan George (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2000; England 
4.
Jo Shapcott Settings: Cabbage Dreams by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Ronald Woodley (Piano), Loré Lixenberg (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2002/2009; England 
5.
Quartet for Strings No. 1 "Images of Trees" by Liz Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1998; England 
6.
Sleep Close by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Ronald Woodley (Piano), Loré Lixenberg (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1999; England 
7.
Tide purl by Liz Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; England 
8.
Jo Shapcott Settings: Watching Medusa by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Loré Lixenberg (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; England 
9.
Fantasia Forty-something by Liz Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; England 
10.
Quintet for Clarinet "Sea-change" by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Ronald Woodley (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; England 
11.
Quartet for Strings No. 2 "For Elliott" by Liz Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2000; England 
12.
Jo Shapcott Settings: Elephant Woman by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Loré Lixenberg (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001; England 
13.
Jo Shapcott Settings: Pig by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Loré Lixenberg (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2002; England 
14.
Quartet for Strings No. 4 "Sky-burial" by Liz Johnson
Performer:  Loré Lixenberg (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005; England 

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