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In Motion - United Strings of Europe

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Catalogue numberBIS-2529 SACD
Release date2020-11-06
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time50:44

The streets of eighteenth-century Madrid; a contaminated test-bombing site in Australia and a song from El Salvador provide some of the subject matter for this album by the United Strings of Europe (USE). Formed in 2012 by students at London’s Royal Academy of Music, the ensemble brings together outstanding players from across Europe. Artistic director is the Anglo-Lebanese violinist Julian Azkoul, who leads from the violin, curates programmes and arranges music for the ensemble.

For In Motion, USE’s début recording, Azkoul has arranged Boccherini’s celebrated and atmospheric evocation of the Nocturnal Music of the Streets of Madrid, in a version that updates the original’s flirt with popular music. Far removed both geographically and in mood is Maralinga, Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s powerful and haunting work featuring guest soloist Amalia Hall. The programme opens and closes with works for string quartet, composed some 180 years apart in Vienna and New Zealand respectively and heard in bespoke arrangements by Azkoul. Reflecting the ensemble’s distinctive voice and multi-national heritage and the wide-ranging interests and stylistic versatility of its members, In Motion is a roller-coaster ride of a disc.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Quartettsatz in C minor, D 703 (arr. J. Azkoul)
01 Allegro assai 08:34 $ 2.08 USD
  Composer: Hindson, Matthew
  Maralinga (2009/2011)
02 Maralinga 13:29 $ 3.26 USD
  Composer: Boccherini, Luigi
  Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (arr. J. Azkoul) 11:00
03 Le campane de l’Ave Maria - Il tamburo dei Soldati 00:56 $ 0.23 USD
04 Minuetto dei Ciechi 01:06 $ 0.26 USD
05 Il Rosario 04:32 $ 1.09 USD
06 Passa Calle - Il tamburo 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
07 La Ritirata di Madrid 02:10 $ 0.54 USD
  Composer: Corrales, Arturo
  Señores, les voy a contar… (2010)
08 Señores, les voy a contar… 05:05 $ 1.25 USD
  Composer: Farr, Gareth
  Mondo Rondo (arr. J. Azkoul) 11:30
09 I. Mondo Rondo 04:35 $ 1.11 USD
10 II. Mumbo Jumbo 03:18 $ 0.80 USD
11 III. Mambo Rambo 03:37 $ 1.00 USD
  Album total 50:44
ComposerBoccherini, Luigi
Corrales, Arturo
Farr, Gareth
Hindson, Matthew
Schubert, Franz
OrchestraUnited Strings of Europe
Artistic director and leaderAzkoul, Julian
ArrangerAzkoul, Julian
ViolinHall, Amalia
String ensembleUnited Strings of Europe
ConductorFontcouberte, Franck
Violin and leaderAzkoul, Julian

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