Harrison: Three Descriptions of Place & Movement / Quatuour Bozzini

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Following the success of their 2017–18 collaboration (Bozzini+, Piano Quintet, HCR19), the Bozzini Quartet is reunited with composer Bryn Harrison for Harrison’s fi­rst string quartet, the three-movement, hour-long Three Descriptions of Place and Movement (2021). A fi­rst string quartet is a landmark moment for any composer, but Harrison’s feels like a particularly signi­ficant arrival: the homogenous instrumentation is ideally suited to the disorienting labyrinthine structures, intricate repetitions, and extended durations that have characterized much of his recent work. The title’s three ‘descriptions’ are clarifi­ed in the names of the movements. Opening, clearing, and burrow—all doubly verbs and nouns—are each embedded with simultaneous motion and stasis. Opening, an unfolding, widening, growing from a single point, as well as the aperture, the crevice, the window that frames the perception of space. Clearing, a kind of purging or scrubbing of materials down to their barren core, or a wide empty space, ‑at and nondescript, de­fined by the negative. And burrow, to carve deeper, to dig into, to bury oneself completely, or an underground cocoon, warm, enveloping, home.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: July 08, 2022

  • Catalog Number: HCR27CD

  • UPC: 5060217670255

  • Label: Huddersfield Contemporary Records

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Contemporary

  • Composer: Bryn Harrison

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Quatuor Bozzini