Today, the Solem Quartet releases Nocturne by Lili Boulanger, the first single from its upcoming album Painted Light.

Boulanger originally wrote the work in 1911 for flute and piano and subsequently arranged the piece as one of her Deux Morceaux (‘Two Pieces’) for violin and piano. It has been arranged for string quartet by the ensemble’s second violinist, William Newell.

The Solem Quartet will feature in The Strad November 2023 magazine Session Report, where the quartet’s violist Stephen Upshaw speaks to Harry White about the processes behind recording their album of 20th and 21st century works.

Painted Light will be released on 27 October 2023 on Delphian Records. It is available for pre-order now:

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