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String Quartet Series: Dmitri Kourliandski

by Vacuum Quartet

Night-Turn 12:17


This release brings together three string quartets by Dmitri Kourliandski, written at different times between 2004 and 2018. "Night-Turn", 2004, is one of the earliest works, nevertheless, here we can already hear Kourliandski’s typical rejection of narrative linearity, his interest in creating an environment rich in many details, a soundscape. In the proposed static the listener is the protagonist, who embarks on an aural journey, discerning details and their connections. "Dolce stil nuovo" 2018 is not about environments, but about lines, even melodies. However, the result of the superposition of these lines is unpredictable for the musicians themselves - they never know which vertical will form in each successive moment. It's a melody that writes itself. Finally, "Maps of Non-Existent Cities. Bludenz," a 2014 work, part of a larger cycle devoted to the ideas and practices of psychogeography and Situationism. Here together with the listener the musicians themselves go on a journey - if in "Night-Turn" the score is strictly organized and detailed, in Dolce Stil Nuovo the musicians create melodic lines in a live mode, in "Bludenz" the score is graphic and suggests a variety of solutions and interpretations, each arising sound is unexpected for the performer him/herself - he/she listens to it, learns and reveals its properties in the process of performance, being a listener of his/her own playing.


released March 25, 2022

Vacuum Quartet

Gleb Khokhlov: violin
Slava Chirkunov: violin
Emil Salaridze: viola
Yulia Migunova: cello

Composed by: Dmitri Kourliandski

Recorded by: Ruslan Zaipold
Recorded at: CineLab SoundMix, Moscow, October 25th and December 6th, 2020
Mixed and mastered by: Ruslan Zaipold

Cover by: Alexey Sysoev


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