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Icarus and Other Music by Elena Ruehr (24/96 FLAC)

Icarus and Other Music by Elena Ruehr (24/96 FLAC)

Icarus and Other Music by Elena Ruehr (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Elena Ruehr
Performer: Jon Manasse, Donald Berman, Delgani String Quatet, Borromeo String Quartet, Areis Quartet
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Avie
Catalogue: AV2502
Release: 2022
Size: 1.08 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. String Quartet No. 7 ‘A Thousand Cranes’
02. Icarus for Clarinet and String Quartet

The Worlds Revolve for Piano and String Quartet
03. I. The Worlds Revolve
04. II. Like Ancient Women
05. III. Gathering Fuel
06. IV. In Vacant Lots

Insect Dances – Suite for String Quartet No. 8
07. I. Spider Swing
08. II. Dragonfly Flit
09. III. Wasp Stomp
10. IV. Bumblebee Boogie
11. V. Ladybug Waltz
12. VI. Grasshopper Polka

Composer Elena Ruehr adds to her extensive discography with “Icarus”, an album of chamber music infused with hints of history, legendary literature and close collaborations with a multitude of musical colleagues. The repertoire revolves around the string quartet, a genre that generated great acclaim for Elena’s Six String Quartets.


Elena’s String Quartet No. 7, “A Thousand Cranes”, evokes experiences and resilience of children in wartime, including the internment of Japanese in American camps, and her own father’s escape from Nazi Germany. Her playful String Quartet No. 8, “Insect Dances” – “written for listeners of all ages” – finds a diverse family of bugs engaged in an impish dinner party. Inspired by T. S. Eliot, The Worlds Revolve, for piano and string quartet, conjures elements both ancient and prescient. The title track, for clarinet and string quartet, centres on the Greek mythological character’s excitement as he builds his wings of wax and dares to fly, rather than his dark demise as he flies too close to the sun.

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