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Zia - works by Gabriela Lena Frank; Lou Harrison; Reza Vali; Jose Evangelista / Del Sol String Quartet

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> 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 - Spanish Garland
> Calligraphy No. 6 - Calligraphy No. 6
> Fast Blue Village 2 - Fast Blue Village 2

Album Summary

>Frank, Gabriela Lena : Leyendas
>Harrison, Lou : Quartet for Strings Set
>Evangelista, José : Spanish Garland
>Vali, Reza : Nayshaboorak, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 6)
>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Fast Blue Village 2, for string quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Zia Indians' symbol for the sacred sun captures the adventurous spirit and global pulse of this CD from Sono Luminus and the award winning Del Sol String Quartet. The composers represented - Gabriela Lena Frank, Lou Harrison, José Evangelista, Reza Vali and Elena Kats-Chernin - draw on ancient and traditional folk music from four corners of the world and make it new by incorporating techniques such as inventive intonations or heterophony. The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet has long made a practice of fostering contemporary music from throughout the entire Western Hemisphere. Critically acclaimed as "steeped in bravery and imagination" (James M. Keller, Chamber Music Magazine (February 2007), this quartet of master musicians explores new ways to interact with audiences, composers and artists across cultures and art forms.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (01/23/2012-01/26/2012).



Reviews

Music of the world
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.

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.

Harrison's best known for his explorations of non-Western music. His "String Quartet Set," though, is based on European classical music, albeit not the kind one might expect. Harrison uses music of a medieval minnesinger, an obscure French baroque composer, and music of the Turkish court. Completed in 1979, the work sounds as fresh and modern as if it had been penned yesterday.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Submitted on 11/11/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Frank, Gabriela Lena : Leyendas :: An Andean Walkabout, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Del Sol String Quartet
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (01/23/2012-01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Harrison, Lou : Quartet for Strings Set
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (01/23/2012-01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978-1979

>José Evangelista (1943 - ) : Spanish Garland :: 12 Folk Melodies from Spain, for string quartet
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (01/23/2012-01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vali, Reza : Nayshâboorák, for string quartet (Calligraphy no 6)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (01/23/2012-01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2006

>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Fast Blue Village 2, for string quartet
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (01/23/2012-01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007