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 Grimes’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!
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.