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String lines

CD

String lines / Elektra String Quartet.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2012 [4765039] — 1 CD (72 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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  • Library Availability: CD 2461 — Available for loan

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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Mantra (2004) for clarinet with string quartet
Recorded/performed at: Bondi Pavilion Recording Studios, Sydney, on Nov 03.
Romano Crivici Elektra String Quartet 23 mins, 48 sec.
Chorale and Ecstatic dance (1993) for string quartet
Recorded/performed at: Bondi Pavilion Recording Studios, Sydney, on Oct 03.
Ross Edwards Elektra String Quartet 10 mins, 42 sec.
Techno logic (1997) for string quartet — Technologic 135
Recorded/performed at: Bondi Pavilion Recording Studios, Sydney, on Apr 03.
Matthew Hindson Elektra String Quartet 13 mins, 16 sec.
Phospherics (1997) for soprano sax, violin & viola with amplification
Recorded/performed at: Bondi Pavilion Recording Studios, Sydney, on May 03.
Paul Stanhope Elektra String Quartet, Margery Smith 8 mins, 40 sec.
High tension wires (1994) for string quartet
Recorded/performed at: Bondi Pavilion Recording Studios, Sydney, on Oct 03.
Nigel Westlake Elektra String Quartet 14 mins, 40 sec.

Product details

The Elektra String Quartet, one of Australia's leading electro-acoustic ensembles present a selection of powerful works specifically commissioned for Elektra's unique sound and approach to music-making, from some of Australia's most happening, funky and very living composers.

These works represent something of the unique working relationships that developed over time between a jazz, techno and ambient- based, technology driven ensemble, and a number of composers [straining at the leash,] seeking to give voice to some of their less culturally permissible primal urges.

Elektra String Quartet's invitation to compose a string quartet was for Nigel Westlake an opportunity to bridge and explore some of the various dichotomies or oppositions in our cultural life-world: 'classical' versus 'popular', serious' vs 'light-hearted', even 'humorous', and so on. "High Tension Wires" was born, and the image or metaphor of wire, with its multiple associations of violin strings, telegraph wires, electrical discharges and strange, icy harmonics generated by 'wind in the wires', allowed for many musical possibilities...

This stunning all-Australian album is testament to the beauty and strength of Australian composition. Performed by the Elektra string quartet, and with a guest appearance by Margery Smith (saxophone, bass clarinet), this album showcases the variety of Australian contemporary composers including Matthew Hindson, Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope, Romano Crivici and the already-mentioned Nigel Westlake.

Duration: 72 min.

Liner notes include program notes, and biographical notes on composers and performers.


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