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Metamorphosen
Richard Strauss

Metamorphosen

Oculi Ensemble

Label: Champs Hill
Format: CD
Barcode: 5060212591623
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Catalog number: CHRCD 155
Releasedate: 05-03-21
- Features several leading UK instrumentalists, including: 
Charlotte Scott violin
Emma Parker violin
Jon Thorne viola
Simon Tandree viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello
Pau Codina cello
Stacey Watton double bass
James Baillieu piano
The Oculi Ensemble is a flexible string ensemble dedicated to performing and discovering the breadth of string repertoire for combinations from two to seven players.
 
The Ensemble is derived from internationally acclaimed musicians from such leading quartets as Badke, Doric Piatti, Navarra, Albion and Idomeneo.
 
For their debut release as a standalone ensemble, The Oculi Ensemble presents chamber works by Richard Strauss, ranging from his iconic Metamorphosen (from which the recording takes its name) to some of his lesser-known chamber works, including his early String Quartet Fragment which was tantalizingly left unfinished.
 
Leader Charlotte Scott comments: “This disc has been a real labour of love. From the Oculi Ensemble’s inception the group wanted to explore the breadth of instrumental combinations of Strauss’ chamber works. We spent a hugely enjoyable time recording at Champs Hill, and we enjoyed the journey that each day took us on, emotionally and musically. We hope that the disc enables you to join us in the Oculi Ensemble’s appreciation of the glorious chamber works of Richard Strauss.”
 

The Oculi Ensemble is a flexible string ensemble derived from internationally acclaimed string quartet players from the Badke, Doric, Piatti, Navarra, Albion and Idomeneo. They are passionate about performing and discovering the breadth of string repertoire composed for various combinations from two to seven players. 

Members of the Oculi Ensemble hold numerous international prizes as individuals and chamber musicians and have recorded for various labels which include Hyperion, Chandos, Linn, Signum and Naxos. The Oculi Ensemble has enjoyed performing in various concert halls around the world including Het Concertgebouw and LSO St Luke’s. Future projects include collaborations with the BBC Singers where they will explore the breadth of chamber music written for a flexible ensemble. 

The Oculi Ensemble performs on a stunning range of instruments including those from Stradivari, Guarneri and Grancino.