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In Motion - United Strings of Europe

Composer Luigi Boccherini
Arturo Corrales
Gareth Farr
Matthew Hindson
Franz Schubert
Performer Amalia Hall
United Strings of Europe
Julian Azkoul, conductor
Franck Fontcouberte, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2529 SACD
EAN 7318599925295
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2020
Total time 50'44

The streets of eighteenth-century Madrid; a contaminated test-bombing site in Australia and a song from El Salvador provide some of the subject matter for this album by the United Strings of Europe (USE). Formed in 2012 by students at London’s Royal Academy of Music, the ensemble brings together outstanding players from across Europe. Artistic director is the Anglo-Lebanese violinist Julian Azkoul, who leads from the violin, curates programmes and &&&arranges music for the ensemble.

For In Motion, USE’s début recording, Azkoul has arranged Boccherini’s celebrated and atmospheric evocation of the Nocturnal Music of the Streets of Madrid, in a version that updates the original’s flirt with popular music. Far removed both geographically and in mood is Maralinga, Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s powerful and haunting work featuring guest soloist Amalia Hall. The programme opens and closes with works for string quartet, composed some 180 years apart in Vienna and New Zealand respectively and heard in bespoke arrangements by Azkoul. Reflecting the ensemble’s distinctive voice and multi-national heritage and the wide-ranging interests and stylistic versatility of its members, In Motion is a roller-coaster ride of a disc.
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  Franz Schubert
  Quartettsatz in C minor, D 703 (arr. J. Azkoul)
01 Allegro assai 8'34
  Matthew Hindson
  Maralinga (2009/2011)
02 Maralinga 13'29
  Luigi Boccherini
  Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (arr. J. Azkoul) 11'00
03 Le campane de l’Ave Maria - Il tamburo dei Soldati 0'56
04 Minuetto dei Ciechi 1'06
05 Il Rosario 4'32
06 Passa Calle - Il tamburo 2'16
07 La Ritirata di Madrid 2'10
  Arturo Corrales
  Señores, les voy a contar… (2010)
08 Señores, les voy a contar… 5'05
  Gareth Farr
  Mondo Rondo (arr. J. Azkoul) 11'30
09 I. Mondo Rondo 4'35
10 II. Mumbo Jumbo 3'18
11 III. Mambo Rambo 3'37
  Album total 50'44
ComposerBoccherini, Luigi
Corrales, Arturo
Farr, Gareth
Hindson, Matthew
Schubert, Franz
OrchestraUnited Strings of Europe
Artistic director and leaderAzkoul, Julian
ArrangerAzkoul, Julian
ViolinHall, Amalia
String ensembleUnited Strings of Europe
ConductorFontcouberte, Franck
Violin and leaderAzkoul, Julian

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