Fade Control (2007)

Caldini

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

On my music Whenever I am writing a work, I face the challenge of striking a balance between ‘the freedom’ and ‘the necessity’. The equilibrium between them should not be seen as a static and still element, but as something continuously moving. This point of poise is the living heart of my work. Rather than as a ‘physical’ place within the work, it can be perceived as the meeting point of freedom and necessity. The first shaped idea for a composition is a free action, a lively bunch of notes. From there on, an exploration of all the possibilities inherent in this first element starts. Whilst the original action is in itself completely free, it is then necessarily followed by a group of consequences. Together, this might be enough to create the work, but on the other hand, a piece might require a new free action which, related to the foregone consequences of the first idea, stirs up a new group of consequences. Put as a basic formula: Few actions, many consequences. As in geometry: Few axioms, many theorems and corollaries. Generally, I am not interested in working continuously; but rather in studying the impact of my initial actions. What particularly intrigues me is that zone where music is not a ‘wish’ but a ‘need’. To illustrate this with another example from the field of geometry: An equilateral triangle only really exists in the mind of those who understand it out of its abstract substance, since it is in fact only possible to draw an equilateral triangle approximately. It thus exists in a place where the ethical inner nature of a person knows to be right or not, to be true or false. The music I write aims to originate and live from there. Life, as well as music, is constantly searching a point of poise. My connection with the recorder dates from many years ago. In the late 1980’s a colleague asked me (...)

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Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Since its formation the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet has explored the boundaries of the recorder consort. Its musical adventure started in 1978 when studying at the Sweelinck conservatory in Amsterdam and discovering the quartet as a new phenomenon. The ensemble's reputation grew quickly when they emerged as the winner of the 1981 Musica Antigua Competition in Bruges despite testing the competition rules by performing an unusual arrangement of a Stevie Wonder song.

What followed was the recognition as a serious ensemble of unparalleled virtuosity, a recording contract with Decca and the start of an international career. Both their playing style and choice of repertoire, something unheard of at the time, made them appear at many festivals and they toured throughout Europe the United States, South America and Japan. Their unusual name refers to a melody played on their very first rehearsal. It expresses affection for unusual repertoire in addition to the classic consort music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

A number of composers have been inspired to write for the Quartet, which has helped create a new repertoire that proves the instrument to be an important voice of our time. Graham Fitkin, Tristan Keuris, Chiel Meijering, Peter Jan Wagemans, Philip Wharton en Lera Auerbach are amongst the many composers who wrote for the quartet. The Quartet also contributes to the expansion of the recorder repertoire by publishing a series of new recorder music and through the collaboration with recorder makers. The Boston based instrument maker Friedrich von Huene designed a fully keyed bass and contrabass recorder allowing the group amongst others to perform and record Bach’s Art of Fugue. The group has assembled a unique collection of over a hundred Renaissance, Baroque and modern recorders, ranging from an 8-inch sopranino to a sub-contrabass measuring over nine feet. The quartet’s recordings (for L'Oiseau-Lyre, Decca and Channel Classics) have confirmed its reputation as the world's most innovative and exciting recorder consort.

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Fade Control (2007)

Caldini

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

    Www.allmusic.com

Loeki Stardust Quartet plays with astonishing virtuosity, creating unbelievable sounds from an array of recorders. The sound of the SACD is superb - clean and crisp, with an intimacy that makes you feel that you could reach out and touch the performers. , Editor's Choice

    Gramophone

Caldini is especially skilled at creating unique sound worlds by combining the instruments in a variety of configurations, so the disc has a variety not usually associated with the recorder quartet genre. Caldini's ensembles are often wonderfully quirky and create really unconventional sonorities. (…) (…) Loeki Stardust Quartet plays with astonishing virtuosity, creating unbelievable sounds from an array of recorders. The sound of the SACD is superb -- clean and crisp, with an intimacy that makes you feel that you could reach out and touch the performers. www.allmusic.com The mission to rescue the recorder gets another boost from these lively players. (...) This is a disc that ought to appeal to recorder enthusiasts wherever the emphasis of their interests lies and should ensure that Caldini (who contributes succinct notes on each piece) gains a wider following for his substantial and attractive recorder output.

    American Record Guide

The super audio CD is brilliantly clear and the channelling brings the concert atmosphere into your home theatre system, complete with audible breaths of the performers. Rhythm is paramount as each piece propels itself forward. The melodic material, especially in the deeper recorders, keeps the sound varied and interesting; and there is much more variety than I expected from a minimalist.

    Klassik.com

Das ALSQ beweist einmal mehr seinen hervorragenden Ruf. Die vier Spieler gestalten die minimalistischen Stücke mit einer rhythmischen Präzision, die dem vom Komponisten bequemsten Bild des Uhrwerks in nichts nachsteht, wissen aber in den 'vokalpolyphone' Stücken' auch, großes klanglichen Volumen von sonore Qualität zu erzeugen (...) Wer zeitgenössische Musik für Blockflöte(n) sucht, bekommt hier einen interessantern Ansatz.

Fade Control (2007)

Caldini

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Cables:Van den Hul
Digital Converters:Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Doopgezinde Kerk Deventer The Netherlands 2007
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Loud
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Fade Control Op. 47_C
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Christe Op. 59_C
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Clockwork Tocatta Op. 68_C - Disco Rhythm
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Sonatina In Quartetto Op. 65_F - Disco Minuet
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Sonatina In Quartetto Op. 65_F - Disco Rondo
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Sonatina In Quartetto Op. 65_F
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Beata Viscera Op. 74_B
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Clockwork Game Op. 72_A
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Pensieri Del Tramonto Op. 107 - Molto Andante
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Pensieri Del Tramonto Op. 107 - Poco Andante
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Pensieri Del Tramonto Op. 107 - Scorrevole
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