Shalygin - Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego (2019)


Amstel Quartet, Keuris Quartet

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This is the first album from the Kenris Quartet and the Amstel Quartet at NativeDSD Music.  It is also the fourth album at the store that features music composed by Maxim Shalygin.

Writing music for specific orchestras that consists of various instruments, as became the default during the 20th century, has lost its appeal to me over the last couple of years. My musical language is more suited to ensembles that have an unconventional configuration, for example in Marian Antiphons for 12 voices a cappella, Insane Dances for saxophone quartet, Six Bagatelles for Two Violins, and Suite — Homage to Alfred Schnittke for three cellos. This is why I have begun to work on a cycle, Similar, that will keep me occupied for years to come, starting from its first chapter Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs for seven violins.

Back in 2006, when writing Trio for violin, cello and piano, I named the draft after The Devil’s Drool, a collection of short stories by the great Julio Cortázar. Now, eleven years later, the trio is still in its draft stage, but my affinity with Cortázar’s art has only become stronger, and I felt a great need and urge to enter into a creative dialogue with this author. Therefore, the second chapter of the life-long Similar cycle constitutes a mysterious and exciting link between music and literature.

My inspiration was Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego, arguably the most enigmatic book by the great Cortázar. All the short stories in this collection share an exit into a parallel, magic reality, sometimes near to our own, sometimes strikingly different from it. Their forms provoke peculiar musical dramaturgic solutions, whereby an abundance of pseudo-musical forms enables for the creation of a unique atmosphere, using an expanded variety of performance techniques.

The suite’s overall structure consists of eight parts, performed by eight saxophone players — as many as there are stories in the book (and syllables in its title, which, incidentally, sounds like a saxophone phrase by itself). The saxophone is chosen for a reason, since, for all his knowledge and passion for music, jazz claimed most of Cortázar’s attention. Jazz, and accordingly the sound of the saxophone, was his muse and a constant presence in many of his most well-known fiction. Moreover, the saxophone is involved in many mystical moments in music, literature, and, last but not least, cinema — another fascination I share with the author.

Maxim Shalygin, composer

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Shalygin - Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego (2019)


Amstel Quartet, Keuris Quartet

Cables: Furutech custom microphone cables, Furutech custom loudspeaker cables, Furutech custom power cables, Furutech LineFlux XLR, Furutech NanoFlux NCF
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies: Hapi and Merging Technologies: Anubis
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Microphones: DPA d:dicate 4006A, DPA d:dicate 4015A
Producer: Ernst Spyckerelle
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: KEF Blade Two loudspeakers (studio) KEF LS50 loudspeakers (location)

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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - I. I.C.E. - Internal Combustion Engine
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - II. Death of a Mosasaurus
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - III. Spring, Breaking
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - IV. Ashes in Birth
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - V. Raising Waves
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - VI. Crabcade - Waterfall in Cancrizans
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - VII. Stairway to Decay
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Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - VIII. Endless Mordent
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