Arditti



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Work by Roger Reynolds:

Coconino … a shattered landscape (1985, revised 1993, string quartet)


Liner notes by Eric Salzman in English
Primary Artist(s): Arditti String Quartet (Irvine Arditti, David Alberman, Levine Andrade, Rohan de Saram); Roger Reynolds, Beethoven, Conlon Nancarrow, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Iannis Xenakis, composers Label: Gramavision R2 79440 Dates of Recording: 1989 Recording, editing, Mastering: Josef Kucera





About Coconino...a shattered landscape:
Coconino … a shattered landscape was written for the Arditti Quartet (and dedicated to them). Coconino is named after the Arizona county where the Grand Canyon “and other natural improbabilities” are situated. Reynolds has translated this landscape into sound. He was attracted to the land's “unique discontinuity, in the way in which geographical forces have inexplicably shattered topographic norms.” The piece constantly tests and stretches the meaning of musical continuity.

– from the liner notes by Eric Salzman

REVIEW
...Coconino is also a rich and remarkable study in oppositions: oppositions of linearity and non-linearity, contrasting register formations, pitch structures, timbres, and gestures. Often these oppositions interpenetrate, projecting a sense of multiple, simultaneously evolving strata of dramatically differing types of sonic matter fused together as if by a welder's torch...

– from a review by Thomas Delio, in Computer Music Journal,
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 103-107