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Sculthorpe: The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu

Sculthorpe: The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu

Sculthorpe: The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu (Blu-ray & CD)
Artist: Del Sol String Quartet
Genre: Ensembles and Orchestras, Blu-Ray & CD
Price: $29.99 
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The Del Sol String Quartet teams up with didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent to bring to life the Complete String Quartets with Didjeriu by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. The result is a unique and exciting aural experience, filled with rich organic sonic colors brought to life through the use of the traditional quartet and the indigenous sounds of the didjeridu. Charlton Lee of Del Sol says it’s: “Amongst the amazing artistic collaborations that Del Sol has had in our 22-years of music making,..” 

Born in Launceston in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe was educated at the University of Melbourne, and Wadham College, Oxford. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney, where he began teaching in 1964. He was a visiting fellow at Yale University, USA, and Sussex University, UK, and has taught at universities within and outside Australia. He held honorary doctorates from the universities of Tasmania, Sydney, Melbourne, Sussex and Griffith. An Officer of both the Order of Australia and of the British Empire, in 1998 he was elected a National Trust of Australia National Living Treasure. In 2002, he was elected to Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Peter Sculthorpe wrote works in most musical forms. His output related closely to the social and physical climate of Australia, and the cultures of the Pacific Basin. He was influenced by the music of Asia, especially during the 1960s by that of Japan and Indonesia. In recent years he became more deeply influenced by the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island music and culture. Peter passed away on August 8, 2014. 

The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, commissions and performs outstanding new works from around the world, provides innovative educational programs. They have released six prior CDs since 2002, including their first Sono Luminus release “ZIA” (DSL-92164). The group also collaborates with other artists in multi-media, dance, video and opera productions. Del Sol has commissioned and premiered pieces by composers such as Mason Bates, Kui Dong, Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania León, Keeril Makan, Hyo-shin Na, Ronald Bruce Smith, Chinary Ung and Reza Vali, among many others.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Stephen Kent was born in Britain and spent his formative years in East Africa. Trained on the French horn, he adapted western brass instruments to didjeridu techniques while music director of Australia’s Circus Oz (1981-83). This group’s support for Aboriginal culture led him deeper into Aboriginal land and inspired his playing the didjeridu. Since the mid 1980’s, he has pioneered the contemporary use of didjeridu in myriad collaborations with an extraordinary range of musicians, dancers and artists. He has performed all around the world and has a catalog of over 20 recordings, including 6 solo works and others with groups including Trance Mission, Lights in a Fat City, and Baraka Moon.

This is the first complete set of these works and they were recorded at the Sono Luminus Studios in 24bit 192kHz 7.1 surround sound and are delivered to the listener in this package on Pure Audio Blu-ray in 5.1, 7.1, and high-resolution stereo, and 2 standard resolution CD’s. The Blu-ray also includes digital copies via mShuttle.


Del Sol String Quartet
Stephen Kent-Didjeridu


Peter Sculthorpe

CD 1
1 String Quartet No. 12 “From Ubirr”

String Quartet No. 14 “Quamby”
2 I. Prelude
3 II. In the Valley
4 III. On High Hills
5 IV. At Quamby Bluff

CD 2
String Quartet No. 16
1 *(6) I. Loneliness
2 *(7) II. Anger
3 *(8) III. Yearning
4 *(9) IV. Trauma
5 *(10) V. Freedom

String Quartet No. 18
6 *(11) I. Prelude
7 *(12) II. A Land Singing
8 *(13) III. A Dying Land
9 *(14) IV. A Lost Land
10 *(15) V. Postlude

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