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Piano Sonatas & String Quartets 1
Horatiu Radulescu

Piano Sonatas & String Quartets 1

Horatiu Radulescu

Label: Mode Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0764593029021
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Catalog number: MODE 290
Releasedate: 13-01-17
- critically acclaimed and one of Mode's best selling releases of 2016.

- there is great interest in Radulescu's music now.

- includes 2 first recordings.


In the 1970s, Horatiu Radulescu began exploring and composing begun composing what he called “plasmatic music,” in which sound was conceived as an “endless ocean of vibrations,” as opposed to the traditional way in which music treats sound as a fabric of discrete scale steps. His music is linked to the “spectral music” school.

Radulescu’s Fifth String Quartet is one of the key works in his output. It is in some ways the richest manifestation of the body of string techniques he had developed for his music. It consists of 29 sections/pages which richly evocative titles, each lasting about 1 minute.

The Second Piano Sonata is inspired by the Tao of Chinese philosopher Lao tzu (6-5 BC). The first movement, “Immanence,” opens with a powerful sonority built from spectral functions which gives a sense of immensity and strength.

The Fifth Piano Sonata makes abundant use — more so than any of the other sonatas — of Romanian folk material, which is absorbed and integrated into Radulescu’s spectral language.

Liner notes by Bob Gilmore (in English, German & French).

Also available on limited-edition LP (modeLP 290)

JACK Quartet

Praised for its “powerhouse playing” by the Chicago Sun-Times and its “extraordinary precision” by the Boston Globe, the JACK Quartet has quickly established a reputation for giving high-energy performances of today’s most demanding works for string quartet. The New York Times called the quartet's performance of Iannis Xenakis' complete string quartets one of the “most memorable classical music presentations of 2008.” In 2009, the quartet received an ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Comprising violist John Pickford Richards, violinists Ari Streisfeld and Christopher Otto, and cellist Kevin McFarland (their initials forming the name “JACK”), the quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall (USA), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), and the Festival Internacional Chihuahua (Mexico) with future appearances at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Germany), the Library of Congress (USA), and the Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany).

The commissioning and performance of new works for string quartet is integral to the JACK Quartet’s mission, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Samuel Adler, and Aaron Cassidy. Upcoming premieres include works by Johannes Schöllhorn, Martin Smolka, Caleb Burhans, Peter Ablinger, and Alan Hilario.

The quartet has lead workshops with young composers at Columbia University, New York University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Victoria, and the University of Washington. In addition to working with composers and performers, the JACK Quartet seeks to broaden and diversify the potential audience for new music through educational presentations designed for a variety of ages, backgrounds, and levels of musical experience.

The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music and have since studied closely with the Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Muir String Quartet, as well as with members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.


Stephen Clarke

Pianist Stephen Clarke has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Composers' Orchestra, and has given solo performances in various cities in Europe and North America. His own projects have included Canadian premieres of works by Scelsi, Feldman, Wolpe and Ustvolskaya. Composers who have written for him include Matteo Fargion, Michael Hynes, and Udo Kasemets. Recordings include a solo CD of works by Toronto-based composer Udo Kasemets (hatArt).