ANDREA TARRODI (b.1981): String Quartets No. 1 “Miroirs”, No. 2 “Madárdal” and No. 3 “Light Scattering”, Sorrow and Joy for Viola and Cello, Luciérnaga for Solo Cello.
Catalogue Number: 09T080
Label: db Productions
Reference: dBCD 180
Description: Tarrodi's quartets are of distinct character, but are recognisably different facets of the same individual voice. Her idiom is based firmly in tonality, and her timbral palette is diverse and inventive. She explores her dual Hungarian-Swedish ancestry in the very fine 2nd Quartet, which draws on Hungarian folk idioms in the first movement, Swedish folksongs in the second, and a combination of the two in the third. Birdsong is introduced as a counterpoint to both - in general, nature imagery is never far away in Tarrodi's æsthetic, and the dynamic climaxes of the movements irresistibly suggest rushing waters, with Sibelian inexorability of organic growth. The first quartet was inspired by a painting by Isaac Grünewald, depicting two characters locked in conversation. In the piece, fragments and motifs are passed back and forth, sometimes in a spirit of dialogue but at others in heated disagreement. In Light Scattering the imagery is of reflection and refraction of light from natural and artificial surfaces, a Tapiola-like climax again suggesting the motion of water, while the work's still middle section glistens like light falling through stained glass. The piece ends with a vision of a calm, glassy sea, with seagulls wheeling above. Dahlkvist Quartet.