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Simon Christensen

MANIFEST - But There's No Need To Shout


Signe Madsen, violin
Mina Fred, viola
Birgitte Bærentzen Pihl, violin
Sofia Olsson, cello

Simon Christensen, composer

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Simon Christensen’s string quartet "MANIFEST– But There’s No Need To Shout" is an outstanding work in one single movement, exclusively using the open strings of the instruments. The combination of the rich world of harmonics in the open strings and the harshly and richly dissonant chords result in a unique, dark and lustrous sound. The absence of melody and dramatic effect provides rich scope for absorption in this original universe.

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MANIFEST - But There's No Need To Shout

01:12:15 Play $11.95
for string quartet
Total playing time  72 minutes

“...would just like to say that Simon Christensen’s string quartet Manifest – But There’s No Need To Shout, which I heard this afternoon at Frederiksberg Palace Chapel, was a revelation. A work that played for more than an hour without dramatic progression and without ascending and descending motions. A work that exclusively used the open strings of the instruments, retuned to micro-intervals. In addition each string had a fixed rhythmic figure that reappeared each time the string was used. The combination of the rich world of harmonics in the open strings and the harshly and richly dissonant chords that constituted the work resulted in a unique, dark and lustrous sound. The fixed rhythms gave each chord a pulsating inner life. The absence of melody and dramatic effect provided rich scope for absorption in this original universe. Manifest is beautiful in a way music has never been beautiful before.”

– JEXPER HOLMEN, composer

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Recorded at Frederiksberg Castle Church on 21 September 2014
Recording producer and sound engineer: Preben Iwan
English translation (Holmen): James Manley

Graphic design: Denise Burt, elevator-design.dk

Publisher: Edition·S, edition-s.dk

With support from the Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, Danish Composers’ Society / KODA’s Cultural Funds

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.226587

Barcode: 636943658727

Release Date: January 2016

Period: 21st Century

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4/6 Hjerter
"Simon Christensen får skabt en musik, der insisterer på en helt anden klangvirkelighed end den, vi er vant til at høre fire strygere skabe. En tilstandsmusik, der opfordrer til meditativ lytten og til, at man tømmer hjernen for fordomme."
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