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Con-ri-sonanza: Works by Thomas Simaku

Joseph Houston

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Catena I  
1.1
I. Andante remoto, con espressione
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
4:16
1.2
II. Furioso
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
1:32
1.3
III. Scorrevole
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
0:38
1.4
IV. Spaziale
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
2:29
1.5
V. Energico, tempo preciso
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
3:38
String Quartet No. 5  
1.6
I. Spaziale - Adagio doloroso, desolato, sempre spaziale
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
6:20
1.7
IIa. Vigoroso, preciso - Quasi angelico - Vigoroso brutale
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
5:08
1.8
IIb. Sospeso - Più mosso - Ancora più mosso
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
4:56
1.9
L'image oubliée d'après Debussy
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
7:08
1.10
Con-ri-sonanza
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston; Quatuor Diotima
12:59
1.11
Hommage à Kurtág
Thomas Simaku; Joseph Houston
7:47
String Quartet No. 4  
1.12
I. Adagio remoto - Allegro preciso
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
4:00
1.13
II. Calmo - Ritmico
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
4:43
1.14
Interlude I
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
1:33
1.15
III. Lento assai
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
4:08
1.16
Interlude II
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
0:48
1.17
IV. Adagio remoto, scorrevole
Thomas Simaku; Quatuor Diotima
6:51
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:54
Born in Albania in 1958, Thomas Simaku studied composition at the State Conservatory of Music in Tirana. He moved to England in 1991, where he was able to immerse himself in the music that had been banned in his native country, and especially that of Ligeti and Kurtág. This, as well as his earlier experience of working with Albanian folk musicians, had a lasting effect on his own music – but as Simaku himself puts it: ‘when it comes to creativity, one should at least try to speak with one’s voice, however small that might be.’ He often composes for specific performers and the present album highlights his collaborations with Quatuor Diotima and with the pianist Joseph Houston. Catena I, the opening work as well as the most recent one on the programme, was written for Houston, while the String Quartets Nos. 4 and 5 were destined for Diotima, of which Simaku has said that ‘one cannot fail to notice their individual and sensitive approach to sound and color, and their huge range of expression. I have tried to embody these idiosyncratic qualities in both quartets.’ Houston also plays two works written by Simaku as tokens of his respect for two composer colleagues: L’image oubliée d’après Debussy and Hommage à Kurtág. These frame the piano quintet con-ri-sonanza which has also given its name to the entire album, after the sonic qualities it embodies: consonanza, risonanza, con risonanza …
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