String Octet

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Enescu - Octuor (I)

Bambú Ensemble was expressly created as a string octet and its players are trained in the careful cultivation of the distinguishing features of their literature – from Mendelssohn or Gade to more contemporary offerings. On this album, therefore, they demonstrate an intuitive and eloquent ability to deliver not only the cyclical-thematic density of the massive symphonic structure in nine interconnected themes that is the magnificent Octet composed by a precocious and utterly inspired Enescu, but also the exceptional academic exercise in counterpoint that displays the skill and brilliance of the young Shostakovich, and the nocturnal garden of multiple textures woven around a single motif created by Javier Martínez Campos, transferring the concept of counterpoint from the thematic or motivic to the terrain of experimentation in timbre and sound.

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Bambú Ensemble

Bambú Ensemble, the only permanent string octet on the Spanish music scene today, grew out of the great musical and personal affinity that first developed between its eight players when they were members of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). While they make up a versatile group, capable of performing in various different formations, they usually choose to appear as an octet. Among other reasons, it was the extensive range of sonic possibilities and wide spectrum of musical expression offered by this formation that encouraged Bambú Ensemble to explore and perform a repertoire rarely heard today. Of those who influenced the players during their training, particular mention must be made of Cibrán Sierra, violinist of the Cuarteto Quiroga and Professor of Chamber Music at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. By working closely together on a regular basis since creating the ensemble, its members have established an effective methodology that enables it to keep evolving. Their philosophy is to find a way of combining performances in more isolated parts of Spain, where few live concerts are given, with participation in prestigious national and international concert series and music festivals. As well as having made debuts at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and Fundación Juan March, Bambú Ensemble has worked in collaboration with Spain’s National Centre for the Dissemination of Music (CNDM), performing unpublished works by Cristóbal Halffter as part of the celebrations surrounding the composer’s 90th birthday. It has taken part in the Fundación Vital’s “Martes Musicales” (Musical Tuesdays) series and in the MusaE (Music in National Museums) project. It has also worked with RTVE, as well as with the philharmonic societies of Pontevedra, Rías Baixas, Vilagarcía and Gijón. The ensemble has been invited to perform at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria and at the Prieuré Le Mesnil Saint Martin in France, among others. Understanding the importance of maintaining close links with the wider community, the Bambú Ensemble players also enjoy interacting with their audiences to encourage engagement with the chamber repertoire and giving benefit concerts in cooperation with various charitable organisations.