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Buch: From the River Flow the Stars No 6

Magazine article Gramophone

Buch: From the River Flow the Stars No 6

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Buch

From the River Flow the Stars No 6. Acanthus Leaves No 6. Life and Opinions No 7. Landscapes No 1. Maze of Infinite Forms No 1

Daedalus Quartet

MSR Classics (F) MS1681 (55' * DDD)

A cursory glance at the titles of these string quartets--all part of larger compositional series--might suggest a composer of Segerstamic sensitivities. That is not the case with Brian Buch (b1984), his titles reflecting, rather, his music's diverse sources of inspiration. Thus, as might be inferred from a title Takemitsu could have chosen (but without a number), From, the River Flow the Stars No 6 derives from a poem of Kokin Wakashu (aka Kokinshu). This neatly constructed and appealing triptych, slow-slower-fast, catches the air of the poem very nicely.

There is a good deal of somewhat knottier writing in the other quartets featured here, not least Acanthus Leaves No 6 and Life and Opinions No 7--the latter containing the tersest writing on offer--both of which derive from ETA Hoffmann's novel The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr. …

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