Though the string ensemble is the common thread in all of these recorded works, their inspiration and ideas are quite varied. In String Quartet No.4, dynamic shapes and configurations – spiral, waveform, labyrinth – are the catalysts for each movement, whereas String Quartet No.6 (“Canticle”) invokes the idea of ritual – coloured by the use of small, bell-like disks called crotales.
Air in Motion brings flautist Carol Wincenc into the ensemble, adding a new dimension suggested by the flow of air through a column of metal.
Jalbert’s first album for Orchid, String Theory, was praised by BBC Music Magazine: “There’s a thrilling freneticism to Jalbert’s music and it’s a vein which runs through most of these premiere recordings”.
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