String Quartets

by Quatuor Diotima

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Reinhold Friedl’s string quartets do not pretend to be string quartets: they are anti-Goethe. There is no sophisticated conversation of four elder gentlemen, sit­ting in arm chairs. The music is physical work for the performers and intended to be physical pleasure for the listeners. All three quartets are based on the same idea: smooth transformations from a given texture into another one. The random-driven details vary between the pieces and the parts of the pieces. Meanwhile Reinhold Friedl developed a software in the frame of a PHD project at Goldsmiths University London to help him modeling these texture transpositions.

String quartet no 1 is focused on a ghostly sound choreography, made possible by a strange choreography: instruments are only bowed in circles. These simple movements combined in an asymmetric rhythmical structure causes complex soundscapes, that tend to develop to a certain final state, and they do, driven by a hypnotic force. commissioned by Ensemble Apartment House and the BBC
Premiered at BBC Studios London, May 20, 2007, Apartment House

String quartet no 3 can be listened to as a reference to some modern string quartet sound. Famous chords and melodies are quoted and hidden in their pure quantity. Sweet sugar music. An essay how to compose a decrescendo without a culmi­nation point. Slowly and precisely slip away, ending nowhere. Composed for Quatuor Diotima, dedicated to Pierre Morlet. Commissioned by G((o))ing Tomorrow Festival, Copenhagen Denmark.

String quartet no 2 is a sportive piece. After a charming beginning, it becomes more and more a physical challenge for the performers, playing tremolo almost without break, to get the music to the final grooving rhythmical end: get out of my face! Commission by Festival Les Musiques, GMEM Marseille, commande d’état, premiered by Quatuor Diotima, Recorded by Radio France, interpreted by Ensemble 2e2m, Paris 5/2014, CD on La Muse en Circuit, Paris with Diotima Quartet.

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released March 3, 2018

Quatuor Diotima:
Violin – Yun Peng Zhao
Violin – Constance Ronzatti
Viola – Franck Chevalier
Cello – Pierre Morlet

Recorded and mixed by Camille Lézer
Mastered by Rashad Becker

Cover Concept: Julia Heimerdinger
Graphic Design – Atitaya Caillet
Photography By [Cover photo] – Sandro Zanzinger
Photography By [Quatuor Diotima photo] – Jérémie Mazenq
Photography By [Reinhold Friedl photo] – Joachim Gern

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