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Continuit​é​, fragilit​é​, r​é​sonance

by Jürg Frey (Quatuor Bozzini / Konus Quartett)

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'Continuité, fragilité, résonance' is a 51-minute piece written by Jürg Frey in 2020-2021 for octet: string and saxophone quartets.

The Montréal-based Quatuor Bozzini and the Bern-based Konus Quartett premiered the piece in September 2021, and later recorded it for this album with the presence of the composer, during a three-day recording session in August 2022 at the Auditorium of Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. Both quartets have premiered other works of Frey's in the past and have a deep understanding of the composer, performing his pieces masterfully with their mature and sensitive musicianship. 

"In movement, music has an energy that moves forward, in stillness, music sinks into the vertical depth of the moment.

Music thrives on this dynamic contrast, and the special moments of stillness in a composition have fascinated and touched composers time and again throughout the centuries.

Music can also have its starting point in silence, yes, even more, this silence can be the foundation of an entire composition. In this sense, the new piece will work with sound movements and stillness, but always develop these phenomena out of silence and lead them back into silence, thus creating its own acoustic reality of concentration and deepening." — Jürg Frey


released April 1, 2023


composition by Jürg Frey

Quatuor Bozzini
Clemens Merkel - violin
Alissa Cheung - violin
Stéphanie Bozzini - viola
Isabelle Bozzini - cello

Konus Quartett
Fabio Oehrli (soprano saxophone)
Jonas Tschanz (alto saxophone)
Christian Kobi (tenor saxophone)
Stefan Rolli (baritone saxophone)

recorded by Urs Haller and Fabio Oehrli at the Auditorium of Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland on 9-11 August 2022
postproduction by Fabio Oehrli (tonlabor)

cover drawing by Jürg Frey
design by Yuko Zama
produced by Jürg Frey and Yuko Zama

special thanks for their financial support: Kultur Stadt Bern, Stadt Thun, Gemeinde Köniz, Swisslos – Kultur Kanton Bern

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Jürg Frey’s music is published by Edition Wandelweiser.

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