The group showcases a diverse combination of styles.
July 12, 2017
By James Chen
T’ang Quartet is set to launch Trampled Souls on 28 July 2017. This is Singapore’s first string quartet first recording in more than 11 years.
Trampled Souls showcases a diverse combination of styles, ranging from sheer darkness to fantasy to quirkiness. It is a huge contrast to the Quartet’s earlier releases in 2006 (Made In America c. 1893) and 2005 (The Art Of War), both of which were largely based on Czechoslovakian composers from very specific eras.
Leoš Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata, Aulis Sallinen’s Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March and Marjan Mozetich’s Lament in the Trampled Garden are featured in Trampled Souls. The common theme of darkness, albeit in varying forms, running through all three pieces gives rise to the album title.
Trampled Souls will be available for streaming on all major platforms and digital purchase on iTunes Store from 28 July. CDs and limited edition vinyl records will be on sale from 25 August.
As further celebration of the T’ang Quartet’s 25th anniversary, a series of concerts will be launched from July 2017, with the first being a Trampled Souls concert on 30 July at the Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator. Music videos have also been produced to accompany each work.