A full disc of sonorous string music is what the Kamus Quartet promise, and with 15 years of experience under their belts, that is exactly what they deliver.
These four have a seamless consensus as to what they wish to explore within each of the works featured. Salonen’s Homunculus is primitive and rugged, as befits a work inspired by the theories of the alchemists of the ancient world. Out of its 14-minute duration, about 10 minutes are spent in a feverish search for a direction and a resting place.
Ligeti and Britten, by contrast, call on the quartet to translate micro-level actions into grand transitions. The quartet performs with a dazzling and furious passion; every moment of every piece is solid and meaningful. This calls for serious alertness on the part of the listener.
KAMUS QUARTET: Homunculus
Salonen: Homunculus for String Quartet
Ligeti: String Quartet Nr. 1
Britten: String Quartet Nr. 3 Op. 94
Alba ABCD 409