From Oblivion to Hope Album

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From Oblivion to Hope, as performed by the Odin Quartet, is a gorgeous collection of Horvat’s string quartet music and his ideas. Here his message is clear: music is an important tool in raising the level of positivity and hope on this planet as well as in our individual lives. Change is possible. – Ivana Popovic, WholeNote Magazine

  1. Oblivion Odin Quartet 08:20
  2. String Quartet No. 2 Odin Quartet 06:29
  3. Life Span Odin Quartet 07:06
  4. The Four High Park - 1. Spring Odin Quartet 05:03
  5. The Four High Park - 2. Summer Odin Quartet 06:53
  6. The Four High Park - 3. Fall Odin Quartet 06:25
  7. The Four High Park - 4. Winter Odin Quartet 04:43
  8. Unity in Distress Odin Quartet 01:41
  9. Hope Odin Quartet 08:27


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I Am Who I Am Records is proud to present, From Oblivion to Hope, a string quartet album of music by Canadian composer Frank Horvat, performed by the Odin Quartet.

This album starts pessimistically with a track called Oblivion, which is an easy headspace to live in these days, especially in the context of the pandemic and its outcomes. As the album progresses, the tone evolves into something more optimistic, ending with a heartfelt work simply called Hope. The idea of going from the negative to the positive is a mindset and a mental health issue that fascinates the composer these days. The hope is that we can all unearth a life with more hope.

Four of the tracks on the album are dedicated to the composition The Four Seasons…in High Park. This piece combines inspiration for two greats – Vivaldi’s iconic work and Toronto’s High Park. A series of four music videos in High Park, one in each glorious season, are planned.

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[download complete programme notes]

Horvat’s [previous] string quartet ‘For Those Who Died Trying‘ is a musical outcry against the constant violation of human rights in Thailand and a sensitive portrait of 35 exceptional people…He has succeeded in creating a work that, beyond its serious background, achieves a comprehensive pull effect…It’s a profound, moving and ultimately timeless album. –

Recording funded in part thanks to generous support from:

Canada Council for the Arts

Recording funded in part thanks to FACTOR

Recording funded in part thanks to the Ontario Arts Council

From Oblivion to Hope - composed by Frank Horvat


Contemporary Classical Chamber


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Odin Quartet
Alex Toskov (violin)
Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin)
Matthew Antal (viola)
Samuel Bisson (cello)

Composed By

Frank Horvat

Produced By

Frank Horvat & Alex Toskov

Recorded At

The Canterbury Music Co. by Julian Decorte, July – Sept 2022

Mastered By

Dennis Patterson

Cover Photo/Design

Matthew Maaskant

Release Date

31 March 2023

String Quartet No. 2 is a percussive, textural ball of high energy seeking more stable expression. – WholeNote Magazine

The Four Seasons…in High Park…contains many literal quotes but its strength lies in dismantling the original ideas into building blocks of unique compositional language. – WholeNote Magazine

The album closes with Hope, a peaceful, harmonious rhapsody with bright colours. – WholeNote Magazine

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