String Quartet No​.​1 'Heartland'

by Markus Reuter

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Dustin Wall
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Dustin Wall First of all, it sounds great. A very clean and intentional-sounding recording and wonderful performance. I haven't been able to sit down with the score yet to work out the numbers, but I love how it evolves, it's almost as if the pieces are speaking to each other - A very cohesive and enthralling experience. It feels like a Stanley Kubrick film - Heartland is a full meal for the ears and the active listener's imagination.
Sorin Iszlai
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Sorin Iszlai I played it twice late at night and man, it gave me such a rush! If you close your eyes and imagine the musicians playing in front of you...or the river that Frank Schätzing describes in the booklet. Yes, it can be Kubrickian dreamy. Or Ligetian or Webernian exhilarating - I am no musician, I don't know if it's accurate but that's were it took me. It might take you somewhere else, but to me they are in the same league, same CD shelf:) So yeah, it's entirely up to the imagination of the listener.
Sean Barnes
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Sean Barnes A fascinating exploration of a vast sonic landscape! Reuter’s music is always innovative; whether on the most modern of instruments or, as here, on ancient ones. Complex, layered, and beautiful, this music resonates deeply and forges new pathways in the classical form. Amazingly, there are no repeated phrases in these pieces, giving the listening an thrilling ride of unexpected twists. This will likely end up as my favorite album of the year! Stunning work!
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Markus Reuter's String Quartet No.1 'Heartland' is now available for pre-order as a high-res download or luxurious CD-Edition inside an ECM-style slipcase with an expansive booklet featuring expansive liner notes, exclusive photography and contributions by Tony Levin and Frank Schätzing.

After years of preparation and planning, Solaire Records is proud and excited to present 'Heartland', Markus Reuter's first string quartet. The album sees Markus further explore his algorithmically-supported composing technique to create a sonic language that will surprise even long-standing supporters.

After spending months listening to most of music history's major string quartets, Markus ultimately decided to break with tradition and approach things from an entirely unique angle. Working closely with Oval's Markus Popp, the tracks were built using a pool of self-referential musical fractals. By combining them into deeply layered structures, every single bar of music is related to what precedes and follows it, even though there is not a single mechanical repetition in these pieces.

Performed by the prestigious Matangi Quartet and recorded by award-winning producer Dirk Fischer, Heartland is a journey to the borders of melody and harmony: Driving, sensual, serene and moving.

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released April 12, 2019

Written by Markus Reuter, Summer 2018

Matangi Quartet:

Maria-Paula Majoor, violin I
Daniel Torrico Menacho, violin II
Karsten Kleijer, viola
Arno van der Vuurst, violoncello

Recorded 17 & 18 October 2018
Kirche Zum Heiligen Kreuz, Berlin
Recording producer, balance engineer, editing: Dirk Fischer

Technical equipment: EvenFlow

Liner notes concept: Equinox Embassy
Photography: Dutch Rall
Design and layout: Rutger Zuydervelt

Cover design: Rutger Zuydervelt

Executive producers: Wolfgang Gruner, Peter Smith, Dirk Fischer

Thanks to James Kerr, Jean-Philippe Rossi, Mark Yachnin, Jörg Siecke, Will Cruttenden, Chris Harris, German Fafian, Gordon Van Huizen, Alain Inglebert, William Mazzarella, Lee Huntington, Nicholas Croft, Chris Cowan, Mike McGary, Mark Butler, Marc Pelath, Mark Hassett, David Greig, Richard Seguin, Stephen Albers, David Martyn, James Golden, Richard Sylvarnes, Ludovico D’Angelo, Thompson Terry, Jaanus Damsgard, GW James, Dennis Kuhn and Veikko Linko.

Special thank you to all the pledgers that made this project possible!


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