Quatuor Bozzini

Compositions for string quartet by James Tenney, Horaţiu Rădulescu and Éliane Radigue lead us into the world of micro-tonality. Vibrating wave forms open up astonishing fields of perception.

Parochialkirche Berlin, interior 2014

Parochialkirche Berlin, interior 2014

© Ev. Kirchengemeinde St. Petri – St. Marien, photo: Klemens Renner

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The Canadian Quatuor Bozzini lead this concert into three different yet related energy fields emanating from the world of microtonality. James Tenney’s (1934 – 2006) string quartet “Koan” releases perceptual marvels by gliding through a simple, linear process of progressively higher microtonal intervals. “Before the Universe Was Born”, the fifth string quartet by Horaţiu Rădulescu (1942 – 2008), explicitly takes up this year’s festival focus on the beginning of time. It is a shining example of Rădulescu’s radical compositional approach. The evening eventually flows into “Occam Delta XV” – a recent addition to Éliane Radigue’s (*1932) cycle of purely instrumental works, created for and with the Bozzinis. Its large spectrum of vibrating undulations is inspired by a mythical ocean found in David Duncan’s (1913 – 1999) science-fiction novel, “Occam’s Razor”, as well as by William of Ockham’s (ca. 1288 – 1347) influential methodological principle expressed most succinctly in his own words, “The simplest, the best.”


Horațiu Rădulescu
Before the Universe Was Born
String quartet No. 5 op. 89 (1990/1995)

James Tenney
for string quartet (1984)

Éliane Radigue
Occam Delta XV
Quatuor à cordes (2018)


Quatuor Bozzini
Clemens Merkel, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello

With the support of Ev. Kirchengemeinde St. Petri - St. Marien