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con-ri-sonanza - chamber works by Thomas Simaku

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2449 SACD
Release date2020-11-06
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time81:15

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Born in Albania in 1958, Thomas Simaku studied composition at the State Conservatory of Music in Tirana. He moved to England in 1991, where he was able to immerse himself in the music that had been banned in his native country, and especially that of Ligeti and Kurtág. This, as well as his earlier experience of working with Albanian folk musicians, had a lasting effect on his own music – but as Simaku himself puts it: ‘when it comes to creativity, one should at least try to speak with one’s voice, however small that might be.’ He often composes for specific performers and the present disc highlights his collaborations with Quatuor Diotima and with the pianist Joseph Houston.

Catena I, the opening work as well as the most recent one on the programme, was written for Houston, while the String Quartets Nos. 4 and 5 were destined for Diotima, of which Simaku has said that ‘one cannot fail to notice their individual and sensitive approach to sound and colour, and their huge range of expression. I have tried to embody these idiosyncratic qualities in both quartets.’ Houston also plays two works written by Simaku as tokens of his respect for two composer colleagues: L’image oubliée d’après Debussy and Hommage à Kurtág. These frame the piano quintet con-ri-sonanza which has also given its name to the entire disc, after the sonic qualities it embodies: consonanza, risonanza, con risonanza …
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Simaku, Thomas
  Catena I, for solo piano (2019) 12:33
01 I. Andante remoto, con espressione 04:16 $ 0.65 USD
02 II. Furioso 01:32 $ 0.24 USD
03 III. Scorrevole 00:38 $ 0.09 USD
04 IV. Spaziale 02:29 $ 0.39 USD
05 V. Energico, tempo preciso 03:38 $ 0.58 USD
  String Quartet No. 5 (2015) 16:24
06 Spaziale - Adagio doloroso, desolato, sempre spaziale 06:20 $ 0.97 USD
07 Vigoroso, preciso - Quasi angelico - Vigoroso brutale 05:08 $ 0.77 USD
08 Sospeso - Più mosso - Ancora più mosso 04:56 $ 0.78 USD
  L’image oubliée d’après Debussy, for solo piano (2018)
09 L’image oubliée d’après Debussy 07:08 $ 1.10 USD
  con-ri-sonanza, for piano and string quartet (2018)
10 con-ri-sonanza 12:59 $ 1.98 USD
  Hommage à Kurtág, for solo piano (2011)
11 Hommage à Kurtág 07:47 $ 1.19 USD
  String Quartet No. 4 (2010—11) 22:03
12 I. Adagio remoto - Allegro preciso 04:00 $ 0.62 USD
13 II. Calmo - Ritmico 04:43 $ 0.71 USD
14 Interlude I 01:33 $ 0.23 USD
15 III. Lento assai 04:08 $ 0.62 USD
16 Interlude II 00:48 $ 0.14 USD
17 IV. Adagio remoto, scorrevole 06:51 $ 1.11 USD
  Album total 81:15
ComposerSimaku, Thomas
PianoHouston, Joseph

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