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Riley: Dark Queen Mantra / Del Sol String Quartet


Release Date: 08/25/2017 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92215  
Composer:  Terry RileyStefano Scodanibbio
Performer:  Gyan Riley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the Del Sol Quartet, this album is a culmination - and also the start of an ongoing musical journey. Terry Riley doesn't limit his music within a final double-bar but allows it to keep on growing - he's already composed more music for us to play together. As a quartet, we've found new energy and growth through the xperience of performing Terry's quartets off-book, by memory. As musicians, we've found an inspiring example - Terry has the strength to follow his own path balanced with the humility and curiosity of an eternal student. For our 25th anniversary festival, we are focusing on Terry's music and honored that Terry and Gyan will be joining us. Like so many worthwhile endeavors, this album began with af riendship. Del Sol violist Read more Charlton Lee first met guitarist Gyan while playing in an ensemble led by the composer/bassist Gavin Bryars. ''I'd been wanting to find more opportunities to play with Gyan ever since we met,'' Charlton explains. ''And with Terry's 80th birthday on the horizon it seemed a perfect time to commission a new piece for all of us to play together.'' For the other dimension of this album, we had long been aware of Stefano Scodanibbio's awesome abilities as a trailblazing double-bass virtuoso, we had our first chance to perform his music thanks to Gyan. Gyan curated a memorial concert celebrating Stefano's music at The Stone in New York City and invited us to participate.

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REVIEW:

The late-life creativity of Terry Riley is cause for celebration in troubled times, and this release makes a fine place to start exploring it. Dark Queen Mantra is flavored by Spanish idioms, but is in no way a neoclassical work. Mas Lugares (su madrigali di Monteverdi) by Italian Stefano Scodanibbio, makes an unusually good pairing with Riley: it stands in the same relationship to Monteverdi as Riley does to his Spanish models. The entire program shows how the San Francisco scene that the Kronos Quartet helped nurture has remained vital and continues to develop. Recommended, and not only for admirers of Riley’s work.

– All Music Guide (James Mannheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dark Queen Mantra by Terry Riley
Performer:  Gyan Riley (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; United States 
2.
Mas Lugares by Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; Italy 
3.
The Wheel & Mythic Birds Waltz by Terry Riley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; United States 

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