Par 4 Chemins / New Orford String Quartet
Label: ATMA Classique
New Orford String Quartet
Acclaimed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship,” the members of the New Orford String Quartet (NOSQ) delve into works by three Canadian composers: François Dompierre (Par quatre chemins), Airat Ichmouratov (String Quartet No. 4, Op. 35), and Tim Brady (Journal / String Quartet No. 2). The quartet by Francois Dompierre was commissioned by Jean-Francois Rivest when he was artistic director of the Orford Arts Centre. Its title, Par quatre chemins, is a reference to the famous radio show with the same name, hosted by a great communicator, Jacques Languirand. The members of the New Orford String Quartet are all former or current principal players in the Montreal, Toronto or Detroit symphony orchestras. Inspired by the success of modern chamber orchestras, these four classical music stars came together in 2009 to revolutionize the concept of string quartet playing in Canada by undertaking a limited touring schedule on a project-by-project basis.