Nils Henrik Asheim
Aurora ACD 5044
Nils Henrik Asheim (b. 1960) "combines a strong grip on overall form with a fascination for detail. His music is original and challenging, but alongside its underlying seriousness there is also a playful spirit at work."
The Vertavo Quartet has a special affinity for contemporary music. For the title work Broken Line Asheim requires playing techniques described in words such as 'rust, grey, stone and flame' - music that 'stops in order to present its surface, freezes, can paradoxically give a simultaneous feeling of depth'.
Nicht has intriguing German poems winningly spoken in a quiet, confidential manner by Isa Katharina Gericke, with multilingual translations. Delightful!
Challenging and compelling music, different from all the other modernists. And delightfully presented with intriguing illustations by KariStai/Patron and design by Martin Kvamme. This disc is unique and treasurable; try to get hold of it !
Peter Grahame Woolf
The Vertavo Quartet's recording of the complete Bartók Quartets was the BBC Music Magazine "Recording of the Month" in May 2002.