Mark Simpson & Quatuor Diotima – Thomas Adès: Alchymia (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 23:31 minutes | 412 MB | Genre: Classical
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Alchymia is a 2021 quintet for basset clarinet and strings by Thomas Adès composed for Mark Simpson and Quatuor Diotima. At its premiere it was Adès’ most substantial new chamber work in over a decade, following The Four Quarters (2010). Its title – the Latin word for alchemy, from the Arabic kīmiyā – evokes two complementary postures: speculative, mystical capriciousness and experimental precision.
01. Mark Simpson & Quatuor Diotima – Adès: I. A Sea-Change (…those are pearls…) (05:08)
02. Mark Simpson & Quatuor Diotima – Adès: II. The Woods So Wild (03:10)
03. Mark Simpson & Quatuor Diotima – Adès: III. Lachrymae (06:31)
04. Mark Simpson & Quatuor Diotima – Adès: IV. Divisions on a Lute-song: Wedekind’s Round (08:40)