Traces (2019)

Bach, Glazunov, Biedenbender, Piazzolla, Debussy, Ligeti, Shostakovich

Ardemus Quartet

Traces by the Ardemus Saxophone Quartet is the ensemble's debut album. The quartet includes 4 members from 4 different countries that met 4 years ago while studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Funding for their debut album was successfully crowd-funded in late 2018 and the 4-day recording session was completed a month later in December 2018.

Traces is a summary of the path we walked, the essence of who we are. In this program you will hear the music of Ligeti, Shostakovich, Glazounov, Debussy, Piazzolla, Biedenbender and Bach! These are some of our most beloved music and pieces of great significance to our story and development.

Trace: verb.to Find or Discover. noun. A path or track. This word sums up perfectly what this program is about: a journey of discovery.

In Traces, we set out to piece together what is in our identity, our music and our approach, delving deep into our stories of growth and accomplishments. We have chosen to record this program as a DSD Music Download (available at NativeDSD Music on April 5, 2019) as well as making it available on Stereo CD a month later (May 2019). It is a way to honor precious memories and to make our debut as an international chamber music ensemble a reality.

"Every relationship has its special moments: meeting for the first time, overcoming an obstacle together or losing track of time in each other's company. These moments are points where individual’s stories become one. Milestones that define the path you follow together.

This album traces the path that we – the Ardemus Quartet – have pursued over the last few years. For us the works of Ligeti, Shostakovich, Glazunov, Debussy, Piazzolla, Biedenbender and Bach are those milestones. They remind us of wonderful concerts and inspiring coaching sessions but also of efforts and challenges. The music on this album made us into the ensemble we are today and gave us the opportunity to grow both as a group and as individuals. Even though we come from different countries, we found a common language through these works."

- Lisa, Lovro, Jenita, Yo-yo

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Ardemus Quartet

The Ardemus Quartet was forged through a burning passion for chamber music (Ardemus lat.: we burn). The four young international musicians combine seamlessly to create a refreshing musical experience. The quartet performs throughout the Netherlands and Europe and has been a guest artist at numerous festivals including the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht (NL), Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (NL), Wonderfeel Festival (NL), Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival (DE), Westfalen Classics (DE), Festival Next Generation Bad Ragaz (CH), Osor Musical Evenings (CRO), St. Mark's Festival Zagreb (CRO) and has performed in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lisinski Hall Zagreb, Izumi Hall Osaka, Konzerthaus Berlin, Scala Basel and the Bozar Brussels. Since its formation in Amsterdam (2014), the Ardemus Quartet has been successful in various national and international competitions, amongst others: Boris Papandopulo Competition in Zagreb (2015), Grachtenfestival Concours in Amsterdam (2016), International Competition for young musicians Ferdo Livadiæ in Samobor (2016), and was a semi-finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan (2017). In 2018 the Ardemus Quartet toured throughout The Netherlands as a finalist of the Dutch Classical Talent Award. They have collaborated with stage directors Annechien Koerselman and Margrith Vrenegoor, the Cantus Ensemble, pianist Boris Kusnezow and composers Tijmen van Tol, Davorin Kempf, Sanda Majurec and Donald Yu. The ensemble has studied with Arno Bornkamp and Sven Arne Tepl at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy with Marc BookArdemus- Cobra0071 Page13 Danel and Gilles Millet (Quatuor Danel). They have attended masterclasses by Luc-Marie Aguera (Ysaÿe Quartet), Prof. Eberhard Feltz (HfM Hans Eisler Berlin), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet) and Misha Amory (Brentano Quartet). 

photo: from booklet COBRA0071

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Traces (2019)

Bach, Glazunov, Biedenbender, Piazzolla, Debussy, Ligeti, Shostakovich

Ardemus Quartet

Cables: Acoustic Revive
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording Location: Westvest 90, Schiedam, The Netherlands, November 29 - December 2, 2018

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COBRA0071: Traces
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Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Allegro con spirito
Ligeti
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Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Rubato. Lamentoso - Allegro grazioso
Ligeti
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Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Allegro grazioso
Ligeti
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Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Presto ruvido
Ligeti
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Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Adagio. Mesto (Bela Bartok in memoriam)
Ligeti
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Six Bagatelles for wind quintet - Molto vivace. Capriccioso
Ligeti
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Chorale Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 260
Bach
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Two pieces for string quartet - Elegy (Adagio)
Shostakovich
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Two pieces for string quartet - Polka (Allegretto)
Shostakovich
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Chorale Ach Gott, er hor mein Seufzen und Wehklagen, BWV254
Bach
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Allegro, Piu mosso
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Canzona Variee - Thema (Andante)
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 1 (L'istesso tempo)
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 2 (con anima)
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 3 ? a la Schumann (Grave)
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 4
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Variation 5 ? Scherzo (Presto)
Glazunov
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Saxophone Quartet in B-Flat major, Op.109 - Finale (Allegro moderato, Piu mosso)
Glazunov
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Chorale Ach, was soll ich Sunder machen, BWV 259
Bach
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Reverie for piano, L. 76
Debussy
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Chorale Als vierzig Tag nach Ostern war'n, BWV 266
Bach
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You've been talking in your sleep for saxophone quartet
Biedenbender
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Chorale Ach lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 256
Bach
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Oblivion (1982)
Piazzolla
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