Brian field - string play
The album opens with his Sonata for Violin and Piano, highlighting the skills of Diana Sargsyan, the concertmaster of the Kandinsky Symphony Orchestra, and transitions to his work for string orchestra performed by the Budapest Philharmonic, “Oliana’s Dream of the Sea,” which is based upon a short story by the American author William Lychack.
The album also highlights the jazz-inspired work for string orchestra “Four by Four,” performed by the Lviv Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, filled with syncopated rhythms and memorable thematic material.
The collection concludes with Field’s “String Quartet #1” in four movements, performed by the ÉxQuartet. Guy Rickards, Gramophone, says, “Listening to [Brian Field’s] First Quartet makes me want to hear more. Its four very rhythmic movements are models of concision, real dialogues between the four musicians.” The American Music Guide further notes that, “Field’s Quartet #1 has a true gem of a second movement: here we get that delicious sense of longing, of needing, as the strings climb higher and higher on their fingerboards: almost like they’re attempting to touch heaven.” Stream or download the album here Cover illustration by Aude Brisson