Two new albums from top composers on the Métier label

Sonic Fictions

Joshua Fineberg, a composer known for his spectral music, has developed it into a new form of composition with his next album. Sonic Fiction, the term he uses to describe the musical style, is a complex concept which stresses the abstract music as creating its own ‘fiction’ story and world. It is perhaps the antithesis of impressionism and program music.

Virtuoso accordionist Pascal Contet and the renowned Arditti Quartet will be joined by the Argento Chamber Ensemble and Talea Ensemble.

‘Sonic Fictions’ will be released in April (Métier MSV 28564).

Michael Finnissy string quartets

Michael Finnissy is one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed contemporary composers. His new album of music for string quartet is his second album dedicated to string quartet works and the 12th album dedicated to his compositions on the Métier label.

The Kreutzer Quartet give all the works their first recording and are joined by Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music and one of the UK’s foremost woodwind players in the new music field, in Finnissy’s Clarinet Quintet.  Also included is Finnissy’s arrangement of the final unfinished Contrapunctus from Bach’s Art of Fugue, and Finnissy’s completion of the fugue.

The disc is likely to be released toward the end of 2018 (Metier MSV 28581).

Track List – Sonic Fictions
L’abîme  (bass clarinet, bassoon & cello)
Just as much entangled with other matter  (accordion/playback)
La Quintina  (string quartet/electronics)
Objets trouvés  (piano & chamber ensemble)

Track list – Michael Finnissy
Six Sexy Minuets Three Trios (this is also the title of the album)
Clarinet Quintet
Contrapunctus XIX and Continuation (after J.S. Bach)
Civilisation
Mad Men in the Sand