GIOVANNI ALBINI (b.1975): String Quartets Nos. 1-9, Opp. 1, 3, 7, 15, 19, 24, 25, 39 and 57.
Catalogue Number: 10V059
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Albini’s language is eclectic, reflecting his broad education and wide range of musical interests in writing for new-music ensembles, video games and multimedia artworks. The quartets are partly single-movement and partly multi-movement, with an average length of 6 minutes. Arpeggiated sequences owe as much to Bach and the Baroque as they do to Minimalism, but they are integrated within an idiom that embraces modernism and the most fundamental musical materials such as a scale, which forms the basis for the Sixth Quartet. This and the most recent of his quartets, No.9, are constructed as strict palindromes – working the same backwards as forwards, like certain late canons of Bach and the Ninth Symphony of Robert Simpson. Quartetto Indaco.