A slow cascade of piercing notes, pinpoints of starry light in a dark sky. The twittering sounds of hermit thrushes. The warm glow of a summer evening. These are just a few of the evocations summoned in the Solem Quartet’s debut recording, an undulating soundscape, if you will, conjuring the 24 it takes the earth to spin on its axis. It’s an appealing idea, perhaps not wildly original, but beautifully executed here.

Solem Quartet

This musical day begins with Nightfalls from Thomas Adès’s The Four Quarters, his intricate quartet of 2010, which the Solem Quartet then divides up, using its four movements to articulate and mark the passage of time. The British composer’s language is so distinctive – sharp, unexpected, atmospheric – that there’s a welcome sense of recognition each occasion his music returns. While there are already a couple of exquisite recordings of this piece, notably by the Calder Quartet on Signum Classics, this British quartet’s performance happily stands alongside them.

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