Belinfante Quartet
Parallel 40

Physical- and digital album release: 23 February 2024

Catalogue number: 7MNTN049
Barcode: 8720828354964
Distribution: PIAS NL

Contact persons:
Label/ 7 Mountain Records NL: Frerik de Jong
PR outside NL: Barbara Hoppe/ no-te
PR NL: Johan Kloosterboer/ De Nieuwsmakelaar
Ensemble: Olivia Scheepers

Short description album:
Parallel 40 is an ode to discovery and connection, collecting and arranging music from many different countries and regions found along the 40th Parallel North. Starting in Menorca and heading east, for a full turn around the globe, the Belinfante Quartet will discover music from Menorca, Italy, Albania, Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, North Korea, Japan, the USA, Portugal and Spain.

From music by Terry Riley and Tan Dun to  the earliest known string quartets by Alessandro Scarlatti, Parallel 40 combines a vast array of music. As well as hearing several new and lesser-known works for string quartet, the Belinfante Quartet has composed and arranged many of the pieces, transforming the vivid and varied sound worlds of the folk music from countries along the Parallel into brand new works for string quartet. 

Parallel 40 aims to promote diversity and unity in classical music, creating a legacy which will inspire future generations of young artists and composers worldwide.

CD-booklet click here for pdf

Promo video

Audio fragments:

Pau Marquès i Oleo  Toc de fabiol


Nikos Skalkottas  Five Greek Dances for Strings: I. Epirotikos


Terry Riley  Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector


Ioannis Koukouzelis  Ainete ton Kyrion (Praise the Lord from Heaven)


Atai Ogonbaev  Mash botoy


Baýram Hudaýnazarov  Ýylgaýlar halk sazyna konsertino (Concerto to Folk Music)


Pau Marquès i Oleo  A la vora de la mar


Carlos Paredes  Canção Verdes Anos



All songs composed/ arranged by Pau Marquès i Oleo

1. Tonada de treure aigo/ Tonada d’espigolar 2’41

2. Toc de fabiol 1’54


Trad. arr. Alessandro Simonetti/ Belinfante Quartet

3. Sa Brunedda 3’25   


Italy (Naples)
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725) 

4. Sonata a Quattro No. 3: I. Fuga 2’34


Ioannis Koukouzelis (c. 1300 – 1350)

5. Ainete ton Kyrion (Praise the Lord from Heaven) 3’54


Nikos Skalkottas (1904 – 1949)

6. Five Greek Dances for Strings: I. Epirotikos 1’57


Ahmet Adnan Saygun (1907 – 1991)

7. String Quartet No. 1: III. Allegretto 4’07


Komitas (1869 – 1935)

8. Fourteen Pieces on Themes of Armenian Folk Songs: XI. Festive Song 1’35


Shafiga Akhundova (1924 – 2013)

9. Prologue to Galin Gayasi (Maiden Rock) arr. Belinfante Quartet 4’37


Baýram Hudaýnazarov

10. Ýylgaýlar halk sazyna konsertino (Concerto to Folk Music) arr. Belinfante Quartet 4’48


Polina Medyulyanova 

11. New Initiation 7’35


Atai Ogonbaev (1904 – 1949)

12. Mash botoy arr. Belinfante Quartet 1’59


Tan Dun (b. 1957)

Eight Colors for String Quartet:

13. I. Peking Opera 2’11

14. VIII. Red Sona 1’37


North Korea 

15. Arirang (trad. Korean) – improvised and arranged by Belinfante Quartet 2’04


Joe Hisaishi (b. 1950) 

16. String Quartet No. 1: I. Encounter 6’14


United States (California)
Terry Riley (b. 1935)

17. Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector 12’25


Portugal (Coimbra)
Carlos Paredes (1925 – 2004)

18. Canção Verdes Anos arr. Belinfante Quartet 2’04


Spain (Castelló)
Francisco Tárrega (1852 – 1909)

19. Recuerdos de la Alhambra arr. Belinfante Quartet 3’31


composed/ arranged by Pau Marquès i Oleo

20. A la vora de la mar 4’06


Nury Halmämedov (1940 – 1983)

21. Gyzlaryň aýdymy  (The Song of the Girls) 1’29