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Performed by eminent chamber ensemble Apartment House, ‘Žiadba’ is the debut bounty by Spanish-based Slovak composer Adrián Demoč for Another Timbre.
Mostly recorded over the course of summer 2019 in Huddersfield and Derbyshire, along with one piece recorded in the Czech Republic, ‘Žiadba’ is a patiently paced and calming introduction to Demoč’s style of composition, which has previously appeared nearly 10 years ago on digital releases with Entr’acte and the and/OAR label, but with little to speak of in between.
Taking cues from the slowburn music of Feldman and Pärt, as well as Slovak folk and Italian Renaissance composer Luca Marenzio (for whom the album’s 2nd work is composed), Demoč’s first solo outing proper reveals an unhurried and meticulous mind at work between the florid, omnidirectional growth of strings and woodwind in ‘Kvarteto’ (2015/17), and the austere solo violin strings of its partner piece ‘Žiadba’, which were both written from the same base elements and contrastingly bookend the set.
In between we find Apartment House’s Philip Thomas (following his beautiful boxset rendering of Morton Feldman) on piano alongside Anton Lukoszevieze (cello) and Chloë Abbott (trumpet) in the crepuscular late renaissance tribute ‘A Luca Marenzio’, and Thomas again with Lukoszevieze and Heather Roche (clarinet) in the tremulous exploration of folksy dissonance and softly smeared microtones in ‘Modré Kvety’ (2018), saving a tense, dreamlike sequence of ‘Septett’ with its “hidden” triads and detuned evolution at the album’s core.