Boris Yoffe: "Song of Songs"
Rosamunde Quartett, The Hilliard Ensemble
Release date: 30.09.2011
Recorded November 2009 Propstei St. Gerold
Tonmeister: Peter Laenger
Cover Photo: Eberhard Ross
Produced by Manfred Eicher
© ECM New Series 2011
Video filmed by Amit Edelman in Karlsruhe, November 2018
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Russian-born Israeli composer Boris Yoffe began writing short pieces for string quartet – each a page long, playing for around half a minute – in 1995, when he was in his mid-twenties. By now his Book of Quartets is a compendium of several thousand pages, and one constantly growing. The pieces on this recording were selected, by the players and by the composer, from the approximately eight hundred he has written during the last three or four years. Among them are other single-page compositions from a related, interpenetrating project in which the quartet’s four parts become eight with the addition of four singers, their voices matching the instruments in range as they sing phrases from the Song of Songs. The Rosamunde quartet and the Hilliard Ensemble collaborate for the first time in this New Series debut for Yoffe, recorded in St. Gerold in November 2009.