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Song of Songs is Russian composer Boris Yoffe’s own personal, introspective journey seemingly without end. Describing himself as a Jewish composer, he cites his influences as German music, Russian literature and Far Eastern philosophy. Selected by the musicians, the music is part of his never-ending Book of Quartets. The choice of tempo, dynamics, articulation and rubato are left to the performers. Although the quartet plays the major part, the entries of the voices adds intensity. Yoffe’s soundworld is haunting: music of desolation and great beauty with changes of mood that are fragmented and yet cohesive. The performers enter into this meditative world making for a unique musical experience. The more you listen, the more is revealed.

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