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LOOSENING

Graham Fitkin | Sacconi Quartet

LOOSENING

Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212079225
Catnr: SIGCD 792
Release date: 12 July 2024
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212079225
Catalogue number
SIGCD 792
Release date
12 July 2024
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

LOOSENING is a double album of five works by award winning composer GRAHAM FITKIN. Each one has the string quartet at its core but every work includes its own additional soloist. The string quartet is a really homogenous group, steeped in history and tradition, in which timbrally similar instruments create a well-honed sound through trusted communication and shared purpose. Each work has clearly defined roles for the two protagonists - quartet and solist. Each piece allows for two perspectives, two distinct approaches to the material and yet each protagonist is affected by the other. Approaches often evolve through the works, perhaps the quartet splits their honed homogeneity to focus more on individual constituents or conversely maybe they subsume the incomer into their group creating a larger group. An album of world premiere recordings: Four of the five works have never been recorded before, and the fifth is a new arrangement (also never recorded). DISTIL won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Chamber Works in 2015.

Artist(s)

Sacconi Quartet

For over two decades, the Sacconi Quartet have been captivating audiences with their unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, the four founder members share an unwavering passion for the string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Sacconis enjoy a busy international career, performing regularly across the world, at Europe’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Quartet in Residence for the town of Folkestone.  Unchanged since its inception, Sacconi is Britain’s longest-established string quartet. The Sacconi’s prolific recording career covers a broad swathe of repertoire from Haydn to present day. Releases...
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For over two decades, the Sacconi Quartet have been captivating audiences with their unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, the four founder members share an unwavering passion for the string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Sacconis enjoy a busy international career, performing regularly across the world, at Europe’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Quartet in Residence for the town of Folkestone. Unchanged since its inception, Sacconi is Britain’s longest-established string quartet.

The Sacconi’s prolific recording career covers a broad swathe of repertoire from Haydn to present day. Releases of recent years include premiere recordings of works by Panufnik, Jonathan Dove, Graham Fitkin and John McCabe. In Damascus, their album of music by Jonathan Dove including In Damascus, commissioned by the quartet, and featuring Mark Padmore and Charles Owen, hit the Classical Top Ten, and was chosen as one of Gramophone Magazine’s Recordings of the Year: “This important release cannot be recommended too highly”. Their complete recording of Graham Fitkin’s string quartets and their collection of Roxanna Panufnik’s chamber works entitled Heartfelt were released to critical acclaim, and will be followed by further albums of Dove and Fitkin. They celebrated their twenty-first anniversary with a release of Beethoven’s opus 131 alongside Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

Champions of new music, the Sacconis have given over thirty world premieres. For their twentieth anniversary, the Quartet commissioned Jonathan Dove’s second quartet On the Streets and In the Sky. Their film of Dove’s first quartet Out of Time was released on Amazon in 2021. They continue to give fully staged performances of Beethoven’s opus 131 quartet, entirely from memory, in collaboration with theatre director Tom Morris.

As the result of a generous grant, the Sacconi Quartet are Quartet in Residence for the town of Folkestone and its surrounding areas. This is enabling creative collaborations with local artists and projects, and includes an embedded outreach programme. Performances of Beethoven on the Beach and Glass on the Warren seafront have attracted large audiences, many of them experiencing the energy of chamber music for the very first time. Their Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone is firmly established among the UK’s major chamber music festivals and attracts audiences from far and near for its vibrant atmosphere and dynamic programming.

The name Sacconi Quartet comes from the outstanding twentieth-century Italian luthier and restorer Simone Sacconi, whose book The Secrets of Stradivari is considered an indispensable reference for violin makers. Ben Hancox plays a 1932 Sacconi violin and Robin Ashwell a 1934 Sacconi viola, both made in New York. Hannah Dawson plays a 1927 Sacconi violin made in Rome, and Cara Berridge plays a Nicolaus Gagliano cello from 1781. Their gratitude extends to the Royal Society of Musicians and Ellen Solomon for generously providing them with these exceptional instruments.


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Composer(s)

Graham Fitkin

I compose for live performance, recordings, dance, media and installations. I work with acoustic instruments, electronic instruments and audio recordings. I have composed for orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, RSNO, Athens Camerata, Hallé, BBC NOW etc and have previously been Composer-in-Residence with the London Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. I have also collaborated with many individual musicians and chamber ensembles including Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, Clare Hammond, Will Gregory, the Nederlands Blazersensemble, Powerplant, Ensemble Bash, Piano Circus, Ensemble 10/10, The Schubert Ensemble, The Smith Quartet and The Sacconi Quartet. There have been performances of my works at the BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, the Lincoln Center New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Aula Magna Rome, Royal Opera House London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. My work in...
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I compose for live performance, recordings, dance, media and installations. I work with acoustic instruments, electronic instruments and audio recordings.
I have composed for orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, RSNO, Athens Camerata, Hallé, BBC NOW etc and have previously been Composer-in-Residence with the London Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
I have also collaborated with many individual musicians and chamber ensembles including Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, Clare Hammond, Will Gregory, the Nederlands Blazersensemble, Powerplant, Ensemble Bash, Piano Circus, Ensemble 10/10, The Schubert Ensemble, The Smith Quartet and The Sacconi Quartet. There have been performances of my works at the BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, the Lincoln Center New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Aula Magna Rome, Royal Opera House London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
My work in dance has led to collaborations with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shobana Jeyasingh, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bi-Ma, Royal Ballet, Munich Ballet and National Ballet of Portugal. More recently there have been cross-art collaborations with Tate St Ives, Minack Theatre, a VR collaboration with Shezad Dawood, the Geography music app for HFC Truro and Ars Musica Brussels and a pan-European tree-planting and music project with Artichoke.
As a performer I direct the 9-piece Fitkin Band and The Fairly Relentless Piano Quartet. I am also one half of FitkinWall with harpist Ruth Wall. As an educator I have directed 3 UK PRS Composer residencies, 9 regional community projects, various university seminars, masterclasses and workshops in UK, Japan, Italy and Soweto.
My work has been recorded for Decca, Sony, Factory, BIS, Signum and various other labels.

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