Kronos Records is proud to present KuartetS, the first solo album by Italian composer KRISTIAN SENSINI of HYDE'S SECRET NIGHTMARE fame.
Over the years I have been following ideas and images, and now I've collected the best inspirations into a series of music for string quartets. I chose the string quartet formula because I've always been fascinated by four-part writing and the endless creative possibilities that this kind of ensemble gives.
This is my very first solo album, the result of years of study and research, hope you'll enjoy it !
- Kristian Sensini
Recorded in June 2019 in Los Angeles by Esession Strings Quartet
String production: Pablo Hopenhayn Mixed at KeyeStudioS (Italy)
Musical Consulting: Peyber A. Medina H.
Mastering by Christian Wright - Abbey Road Studios (London)
His skills in soundtrack production have been employed on the Oscar winning Gravity composed by Steven Price, two Harry Potter films and The Master - composed by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Oh...and he worked on Kid A. And the full Bjork catalogue.
Graphic project by Fidia Falaschetti & Kristian Sensini Layout by Jan Mozzorecchia
"A beautiful project, filled with life, joy and vitality."
“To introduce us into his world, in the first track Kristian offers us a lively and coloured bicycle, which immediately encourages a relaxed ride and a contemplative listening attitude. After a little more than an hour of sparkling surges and languid retreats, the last quartet takes us straight to the very emblem of the impossibility of a finish line, of a point of arrival: that Beckett’s “Godot”, meaning the uselessness of waiting and of expectations. You could therefore infer that a path so deliberately inconclusive, almost stranded and mutilated of a definite perspective by its own author, is equivalent to a dead end road, or a bottle with no trace of a message. Nevertheless, you could not be further from the sense of which KuartetS is permeated: as in living itself, it is not the destination nor the presumed lesson that counts, but the journey (here a musical one), always so new and unpredictable. And what is more, in this effort of his - which also has the grace of what is obtained without effort - Kristian, who is an experienced composer at the service of moving-images, this time only meets his own requirements, and the urgencies of his own feelings. And the 17 answers that he gives to himself and to us are all beautiful: they are personal reinterpretations of the twentieth-century chamber music tradition, suspended between minimalism and Celtic mists, between Old Europe and the New World, between Philip Glass and Tin Hat Trio. But there is so much more: you just have to get on the bike and ride those 66 minutes of pure listening pleasure.” Sergio Bassetti
CD is limited to 300 copies
1 - Bicycle Promenade 3:04
2 - French Dream 4:08
3 - Quiet Please 2:45
4 - In una Rete di Linee 5:52
5 - Some Kind of Freedom 3:19
6 - La Stanza di Vanni 5:13
7 - Sweet Sadness 2:36
8 - The Fairy Garden 3:02
9 - Erewhon 4:23
10 - John Jerry 2:53
11 - Random Encounter 3:12
12 - Parche 5:08
13 - Changeling lullaby 2:18
14 - Lles Fleures du Mal 4:38
15 - The Shapes of Memory 4:03
16 - The White Ship 4:35
17 - Waiting for Godot 4:23