About the album
Fifth String Quartet “before the universe was born”, op.89 (1990-95)
The JACK Quartet
Fifth Piano Sonata “settle your dust, this is the primal identity”, op.106 (2003)
NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION OF 500
The first volume in a projected series combining Radulescu’s complete Piano Sonatas and String Quartets — there are six of each — on Mode performed by the superb JACK Quartet and Stephen Clarke (piano).
In the 1970s, Horatiu Radulescu began exploring and composing begun composing what he called “plasmatic music,” in which sound was conceived as an “endless ocean of vibrations,” as opposed to the traditional way in which music treats sound as a fabric of discrete scale steps. His music is linked to the “spectral music” school.
Radulescu’s Fifth String Quartet is one of the key works in his output. It is in some ways the richest manifestation of the body of string techniques he had developed for his music. It consists of 29 sections/pages which richly evocative titles, each lasting about 1 minute.
The Second Piano Sonata is inspired by the Tao of Chinese philosopher Lao tzu (6-5 BC). The first movement, “Immanence,” opens with a powerful sonority built from spectral functions which gives a sense of immensity and strength.
The Fifth Piano Sonata makes abundant use — more so than any of the other sonatas — of Romanian folk material, which is absorbed and integrated into Radulescu’s spectral language.
Includes 4-page insert of liner notes by Bob Gilmore (in English, German & French) and score detail.
Mastered by veteran LP expert Scott Hull at Masterdisk from the original 96 khz/24-bit files.
Plated and pressed at RTI, California.
Includes a free Download Card of the entire original CD (Piano Sonata No.2 had to be left off of the LP due to side length limitations).
Also available on CD (mode 290)
11String Quartet No.5, op.89 “before the universe was born”
12Piano Sonata No.5, op.106 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity” I. The path into the light seems dark
13Piano Sonata No.5, op.106 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity” II. Darkness within darkness. / The gateway to all understanding
14Piano Sonata No.5, op.106 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity” III. Use you own light / and return to the source of light. / This is called practicing eternity