ブライアン・ファーニホー(1943-);弦楽四重奏曲第4番 他 (Brian Ferneyhough: Fourth String Quartet; Kurze Schatten II; Trittico per g.s.; Terrain) インポート
A critical synthesis of the works of the past, Brian Ferneyhough's post-modernism confronts new aesthetic challenges, in the alternation of reversed and dislocated movements of Quartet No. 4, in the shimmering surface of Kurze Schatten II, where the cast shadow vacillates under the strings of the guitar (in reference to a phrase of Walter Benjamin), or in Terrain, a virtual symphonic poem in the form of a violin concerto, bristling like the eruptive, chaotic geology of the landscape that inspired it, the "land art" of Robert Smithson.
In general: yes. The works on this disc date from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Terrain, for violin and ensemble, is a work where the soloist, here convincingly (even overwhelmingly convincingly) taken by Irvine Arditti, is set up in competition against the ensemble. But it is not a generally aggressive work - rather, the busy but often fragile, almost faint textures, wonderfully rendered by the Asko Ensemble, create fleeting tensions and resolutions with the scurrying whispers and shimmers of the soloist. It is a very compelling work if given the concentration and listening efforts it needs. But even stronger is the fourth quartet with soprano, which is filled with magical touches and ideas such as the strange, slithering and soaring textures of the almost scherzo-like third movement. Most striking however, is perhaps the long soprano cadenza leading up to a stirring movement when the strings reenter. Again, this is definitely not music for casual listening, but that it rewards the efforts required is not in doubt.
I was less taken, however, with the solo pieces. I have no qualms about Magnus Andersson's playing of the guitar pieces, but I at least was unable to get anything out of them. The same holds for the double-bass works (and I keep it entirely open that I am to blame), which seem meandering and relatively dull even if they are performed with conviction and astounding technical mastery. Still, this is a very rewarding release that can be strongly recommended to adventurous listeners who don't mind a challenge.