Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 8PM
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd ave)

Diotima String Quartet plays
Dutilleux, Hosokawa, & Levick


Paris based Diotima string quartet returns to New York to present a characteristically eclectic set of works from the 20th Century to the current era. Works include the illustrious Henri Dutilleux’s Ainsi la Nuit (called “the only repertory French string quartet of the postwar period” by The New Yorker’s Russell Platt), Japanese modernist Toshio Hosokawa’s Silent Flowers, and two works from LA-based composer Hugh Levick: The Unimagined and Empire Inc, both featured on Diotima’s new CD on Signature Records.


“A sound that embraced reverie and tumult, lushness and
abrasiveness … The haunting juxtaposition of a dark-hued theme and
its tremolando accompaniment was perfectly balanced, and muted passages
played with a vibratoless, almost organlike tone were especially affecting.”
–Allan Kozinn, New York Times, on Diotima


One of France’s most renowned chamber ensembles, The QUATUOR DIOTIMA was awarded First Prize at the FNAPEC Competition, Paris, in 1999, and the Contemporary Music Prize at the London String Quartet Competition in 2000. The Quartet’s name pays tribute to Luigi Nono’s string quartet “Fragmente – Stille, An Diotima”. From the outset Diotima performed internationally; they have appeared at many of the major concert venues and music festivals across Europe. Concert tours have taken them further afield, to Japan, USA, South America, Mexico, and Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan). Their concert programs present a panorama of music from the eighteenth century to the present day. Diotima’s discography includes works by Lachenmann, Nono, Janacek, Durosoir, Schoenberg, Onslow, Larcher, Hosokawa, and Czernowin, as well as a brand new recording featuring the three string quartets of composer Hugh Levick.


Diotima’s program includes work of three composers: American composer Hugh Levick’s two works both appear on Diotima’s new CD “The Unimagined”, on Signature Records, featuring all three of Levick’s works for string quartet. Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa studied in Europe but returned to his native Hiroshima. Diotima will perform Hosokawa’s Silent Flowers, which explores silence, abstraction, and evocative colors, and destructive beauty. French Composer Henri Dutilleux, known primarily for his work in the postwar era (and into the new millennium), owes as much to American jazz and the French tradition following Debussy and Ravel as to the modernist movement. In the words of The New Yorker’s Russell Platt: “What makes Dutilleux’s music so compelling is his shaping of musical time, an elegantly flowing fabric of progression and remembrance that explicitly recalls the aesthetic of Marcel Proust.”

For more information on Roulette Brooklyn:
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Aves in downtown Brooklyn)
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR
General admission: $15 / $10 Roulette Members, Students, Seniors
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