Notes and Editorial Reviews
“The possibility of interruption should inhere in the concept of continuity.” These words from the composer describe the collection on this CD well. The three quartets, Quartetto No. 7, Quartetto No. 8, and Sei quartette brevi were written over a time span of forty-one years, but despite this long range of time, Sciarrino’s idiosyncratic musicality is recognizable in every piece.
However, each of the three pieces included in this collection is starkly individual, an ‘interruption’ within the ‘continuity’ of Sciarrino’s oeuvre. In Quartetto No. 7, we are confronted with the composer’s attempt to transfer techniques he developed for voice writing to strings, and in Sei quartette brevi with the enduring legacy of both Beethoven
and the post-war avant-garde. This concept of a conscious historical dialog through a personal filter is also present in the Quartetto No. 8.
We return to Sciarrino’s own words for his perspective on the string quartet as both medium and genre, which holds such a strong place in his music: “Intimacy and high stylization converge in the world of the quartet. Such an agreement is rarely granted in the realm of quotidian life. The emphasis on emotion becomes free from redundancy. There, where there is no rhetoric, tensions cannot dissolve and each artificiality is banished. Here, the cantabile develops itself in a homogenous manner, through which the discontinuity of time and space unveils unexpected insights by means of multiple and, for the strings, entirely new sounds.” Read less
Works on This Recording
Quartetti brevi (6) by Salvatore Sciarrino
Prometeo String Quartet
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