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Reto Bieri and Meta4: Quasi Morendo (CD) 【ECM】

Reto Bieri and Meta4: Quasi Morendo (CD) 【ECM】

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Reto Bieri’s solo album Contrechant, released in 2011, was widely praised for the Swiss clarinettist’s beauty of tone and his uncommon expressiveness with extended instrumental techniques. Quasi Morendo begins with a new exploration of one of the pieces featured on Contrechant, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Let Me Die Before I Wake (1982), with its “whisper-quiet sound world of harmonics, multiphonics and tremolandos” (The Guardian). Bieri is then joined by Finnish string quartet Meta4 for a profound interpretation of Johannes Brahms’s Quintet op 115 (1891). Inspired by Brahms’s friendship with clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld the quintet sounds freer, and more idyllic, than the composer’s earlier chamber music, yet is one of his most meticulously constructed works. The album closes with Gérard Pesson’s Nebenstück (1998), a ghostly re-arrangement of Brahms’s Ballade, Op. 10 No. 4.

Reto Bieri - Clarinet
Meta4 Quartet
  Antti Tikkanen - Violin
  Minna Pensola - Violin
  Atte Kilpeläinen - Viola
  Tomas Djupsjöbacka - Violoncello

01. Salvatore Sciarrino: Let Me Die Before I Wake

Johannes Brahms: Quintet in b minor
02. Allegro
03. Adagio
04. Andantino
05. Con moto

06. Gérard Pesson: Nebenstück