Playing on the Edge 3
Mark Edwards Wilson composer
Adam Grimes composer
Liova Bueno composer
Bernard Hughes composer
Nathan Wilson Ball composer
L Peter Deutsch composer
John Summers composer
Mark Eliot Jacobs composer
Peter Dickson Lopez composer
Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello
The Sirius Quartet returns with the long-anticipated PLAYING ON THE EDGE 3, adding to their ever-thrilling catalog with a fresh batch of imaginative compositions hailing from Bernard Hughes, John Summers, Liova Bueno, Mark Edwards Wilson, Nathan Ball, Peter Dickinson Lopez, L Peter Deutsch, Mark Elliot Jacobs, and Adam Grimes.
PLAYING ON THE EDGE 3 dives into the concept of beauty, expressing itself in an extraordinary duality, with each work contributing its own unique take on the whole. Lopez makes a marked impression of decorative beauty with the electro-acoustic instrumentation of MISE-EN Series II, “Episode I,” complimented expressively by the natural contemplation of Bueno in Lluvia, who captures the startling beauty of the tropical rainstorm in a matter far past exceptional.
This is well met within Ball’s I Must Grow Less and Wilson’s Dream-Crossed Twilight, which capture within their vastly layered and deep instrumentations the beauty of humanity and the human condition, a concept similarly discovered within Summer’s City Poem and the lapsing, always warming melodies of Deutsch’s Eternity.
Perhaps the most obvious dualities are the energetic punctuations and interjections in Hughes’ Suck It and See, which ensnares the beauty of a traditional form — and questions it violently! So too in the bubbling third movement of Grime’s String Quartet No.1, full of life and fervor, and in the push-and-pull duality of the allegro of Utremi, a movement sitting as much on the edge as any!
Available in traditional stereo and Dolby Atmos immersive audio, PLAYING ON THE EDGE 3 offers up a vibrant and challenging selection, a verbose continuation of theme. With this third installment, the Sirius Quartet proves that they’re not just playing on the edge — they’re living on it too.
Track Listing & Credits
|01||Dream-Crossed Twilight: I. Striving||Mark Edwards Wilson||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||4:37|
|02||Dream-Crossed Twilight: II. Dreams||Mark Edwards Wilson||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||6:49|
|03||Dream-Crossed Twilight: III. Spiro Spero||Mark Edwards Wilson||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||6:36|
|04||String Quartet No. 1: III. Energico, Ben Ritmico||Adam Grimes||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||6:30|
|05||Lluvia (Rain)||Liova Bueno||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||6:20|
|06||Suck It And See||Bernard Hughes||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||4:19|
|07||I Must Grow Less||Nathan Wilson Ball||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||4:26|
|08||Eternity||L Peter Deutsch||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||5:33|
|09||City Poem||John Summers||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||7:26|
|10||Utremi: I. Allegro||Mark Eliot Jacobs||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||5:31|
|11||MISE-EN Series II: Episode 1||Peter Dickson Lopez||Sirius Quartet | Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello||6:11|
String Quartet No. 1, Suck It And See, I Must Grow Less, Eternity, Utremi, MISE-EN Series II: Episode 1
Recorded January 20-22, 2022 at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon NY
Producer Brad Michel
Engineer Ryan Streber
Dream-Crossed Twilight, Lluvia (Rain), City Poem
Recorded March 8-9, 2022 at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon NY
Producer Ryan Streber
Engineer Edwin Huet
Editing, Mixing & Mastering Brad Michel
Executive Producer Bob Lord
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Danielle Sullivan
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Production Director Levi Brown
Production Assistant Martina Watzková
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran
Mark Edwards Wilson
Mark Edwards Wilson, currently a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland, began his productive career in his native California. He studied with Henri Lazarof and Leon Kirchner at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a Ph.D. at the age of 25. He has received many prizes, awards, and other honors for his orchestral and vocal works, as well as his chamber music and electro-acoustic compositions, many of which have been commissioned and performed by major institutions and performing organizations.
Liova Bueno's music is performed in concerts and music festivals internationally, from countries in Central and South America to Europe, the United States, and across Canada. He has worked with various conductors, ensembles, and soloists, including Darwin Aquino, Stanislav Vavrinek, Brian Wismath; Sirius Quartet (New York), Cuarteto Chroma (Mexico), Trio Dominicano (Dominican Republic), Vaughan String Quartet (Edmonton, A.B.), Vox Humana Chamber Choir (Victoria, B.C.), Vancouver Peace Choir (Vancouver, B.C.), Victoria Choral Society (Victoria, B.C.), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil of the Dominican Republic, members of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of the Dominican Republic, and members of the Victoria Symphony; and Pierre Strauch, Patricia Kostek, Mark McGregor, Robert Ward, and Alexander Dunn.
Bernard Hughes’s music has been performed by various ensembles, including the BBC Singers and the London Mozart Players at major British venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral. His music has won a number of awards both in the UK and internationally, and is regularly broadcast on the UK’s BBC Radio 3. Bernard Hughes’s BBC commission Birdchant was premiered at the Proms festival in August 2021. After studying music at Oxford University, and composition privately with Param Vir, Bernard was awarded a Ph.D. in composition by London University in 2009.
Nathan Wilson Ball
Inspired by Christian iconography, Nathan’s compositions emphasize music’s ability to propose emotional narratives by layering and/or juxtaposing simple musical ideas, or “sonic icons.“ This approach to composition—praised by the Boston Globe as “adroit and expressively efficient”—stresses the relationship between disparate musical ideas, which the audience is invited to reconcile of their own accord. And while the narrative journeys of Nathan’s compositions can thus be as varied as humanity itself, the subject of each work points only to One: the salvation of humanity.
L Peter Deutsch
L Peter Deutsch is a native of Massachusetts, now living in Sonoma County CA and British Columbia, Canada. His early music education included performance and composition for voice, piano, and recorder. He received his M.A. degree in composition in 2011, studying with Frank La Rocca.
John Summers began his professional composing career in 1973, writing music for schools for a touring theatre company, where he produced every type of production, from educational musicals for young kids to setting curriculum poetry (Shakespeare, Eliot, etc) to music. This continued until 1977, and in the process, he visited every small and large town in the Eastern states of Australia. In 1978 John was chosen as composer and musical director for a 13-part children’s series for ABC Television Sydney. In 1982 he was appointed composer-in-residence in North Queensland, working for the Arts Council.
Mark Eliot Jacobs
Composer Mark Eliot Jacobs, born in 1960, lives in southern Oregonís Rogue River Valley. He is a frequent participant in the musical life of the valley: principal trombonist in the Rogue Valley Symphony, and musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among other engagements. He is an adjunct instructor at Southern Oregon University where he has taught in the areas of music theory, composition, and low brass. Mark holds the degree Doctor of Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in Music Composition (1986).
Peter Dickson Lopez
Peter Dickson Lopez (b. 1950), an internationally performed composer, traces his musical roots to a broad range of composers and influences originating from his tenure as a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley and as a Tanglewood Fellowship Composer.
Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. These conservatory-trained performer-composers shine with precision, soul and a raw energy rarely witnessed on stage, championing a forward-thinking, genre-defying approach that makes labels like 'New Music' sound tame.