Finnissy: Six Sexy Minuets Three Trios & Other Works / Merrick, Kreutzer Quartet

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Michael Finnissy is one of the acknowledged geniuses in the field of new music, with a style which can be exceptionally adventurous (and difficult) but almost always retains a tonal core which reveals his myriad influences and inspirations often from folk music and classic literature. Of the current recordings in our catalog, those featuring works for string quartet, with or without other instruments, have been the most regularly popular. Here we welcome back the Kreutzer Quartet, one of London’s premiere ensembles, together with leading clarinetist (and Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music), Linda Merrick. This is the 13th in the Métier Finnissy series, celebrating the work of one of today’s leaders in the new-music world. The album contains the Clarinetten-Liederkreis (‘Clarinet Song Cycle) which features Merrick; the other works are all for string quartet. Included is Finnissy’s ‘continuation’ (not ‘completion!) of Bach’s unfinished final part of The Art of Fugue. A spellbinding and astonishingly perfect piece of four part counterpoint which extends and stretches Bach’s structures.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: MSV28581

  • UPC: 809730858123

  • Label: Metier