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Zia / Del Sol String Quartet


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92164   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriela Lena FrankLou HarrisonJosé EvangelistaReza Vali,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout by Gabriela Lena Frank
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
2.
String Quartet Set by Lou Harrison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Spanish Garland by José Evangelista
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Calligraphy no 6 by Reza Vali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet
5.
Fast Blue Village 2 by Elena Kats-Chernin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Del Sol String Quartet

Sound Samples

Leyendas, "An Andean Walkabout" (version for string quartet): I. Toyos
Leyendas, "An Andean Walkabout" (version for string quartet): II. Tarqueada
Leyendas, "An Andean Walkabout" (version for string quartet): III. Himno de Zamponas
Leyendas, "An Andean Walkabout" (version for string quartet): IV. Chasqui
Leyendas, "An Andean Walkabout" (version for string quartet): V. Canto de Velorio
Leyendas, "An Andean Walkabout" (version for string quartet): VI. Coqueteos
String Quartet Set: I. Variations
String Quartet Set: II. Plaint
String Quartet Set: III. Estampie
String Quartet Set: IV. Rondeaux
String Quartet Set: V. Usul
Spanish Garland
Calligraphy No. 6
Fast Blue Village 2

Customer Reviews

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 Music of the world November 11, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "The Zia Indians used a symbol for the sun that had rays going out to the four compass points. Zia gathers together music from the four corners of the globe for a truly international program of contemporary music. <br /> <br /> The album opens with "Leyendas (Legends): An Andean Walkabout" by Gabriela Lena Frank. The work is series of short sketches based on Chilean native culture. Some references are overt, such as using fourth and fifths in imitation of Andean pipes; while others are quite subtle, such as incorporating the Dies Irae into a movement depicting native professional mourners. Frank's amalgamation of traditional elements with contemporary classical tradition creates a work that sounds simultaneously exotic and familiar. <br /> <br. harrison's="" best="" known="" for="" his="" explorations="" of="" non-western="" music.="" "string="" quartet="" set,"="" though,="" is="" based="" on="" european="" classical="" music,="" albeit="" not="" the="" kind="" one="" might="" expect.="" harrison="" uses="" music="" a="" medieval="" minnesinger,="" an="" obscure="" french="" baroque="" composer,="" and="" turkish="" court.="" completed="" in="" 1979,="" work="" sounds="" as="" fresh="" modern="" if="" it="" had="" been="" penned="" yesterday.="" <br=""> <br /> Spanish composer Jose Evangelista weaves 12 Spanish folk songs together in his piece "Spanish Garland." This deceptively simple and attractive work presents the source material in a single movement that seamlessly glides from song to song. <br /> <br /> Reza Vali's "Nayshaborak" is part of his "Calligraphy" series. It recasts the musical traditions of Vali's native Iran into Western classical forms. And quite successfully, too. The violins (to my ears) effectively emulate the Persian setar in an entrancing fashion. <br /> <br /> Australia-based composer Elena Kats-Chermin's "Fast Blue Village 2" is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan sketch of a major city. As the title suggests, there are bluesy bending of notes, coupled with the relentless drive of minimalism. Not that this is minimalist piece. The texture is quite thick and the melody churns and changes continually, capturing the high-energy of a bustling metropolis. <br /> <br /> Although the styles on this release are wide-ranging, the Del Sol handles it all with ease. And no wonder. The quartet actively promotes contemporary music that stretches beyond the borders of this country. And they frequently work directly with the composers (as they did with some on this album). With that level of commitment, the results can't be anything other than a great performance. And in this case, a great program, too. </br.>" Report Abuse
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