Magazine article Czech Music

Czech Clarinet Quartet: Echoes from Stone

Magazine article Czech Music

Czech Clarinet Quartet: Echoes from Stone

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Czech Clarinet Quartet: Echoes from Stone

Jina vlna & Czech Clarinet Quartet

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The Czech Clarinet Quartet was founded by students, today graduates of the Prague Music Academy HAMU. Over the few years of its existence it has developed a wide repertoire from classical music to Jazz and Jewish songs. On the CD Echoes from Stone the members of the quartet give rein to their own composing ambitions.

The combination of four clarinets (three and one bass clarinet) create a special compact sound that can be exploited in interesting ways, as Steve Reich showed in the famous New York Counterpoint. On the other hand, the result can also be monotonous. This seems to have been the reason why the clarinettists decided to diversify the recording with other instruments (saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, percussion), vocals and electronics. The latter is used mainly to layer the rhythmic models, with the result that the similarities with Reich are very often marked (e.g. Vltava). Orlik or 3+CQ are more orientated to jazz. In terms of sound Wave 931 is also particularly interesting, using the clarinet like a percussion instrument. There are some elements that are more debatable. …

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