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The modernist impulse to "make it new" often results in the most insipid, boring, self-obsessed trivia you can (but hate to) imagine. But sometimes, as in this effort and program by Brooklyn Rider, it happens, beautifully. The centerpiece, Debussy's String Quartet, offers one of the most lively AND thoughtful renderings of this standard work. Would be worth the disc itself. But the four surrounding pieces (all new to my ears) reflect and bring entirely new dimensions to this old, familiar friend as well as offering their own delights. Think of a fine old plant in your garden unexpectedly sending out new tendrils. Listen to all the parts and then to the whole....because it is. New as can be only the very best of the old. In the right hands. Ride on Brooklyn Rider!
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Stunning, intricate, transportive; fabulous!! Four enormously talented young men who explore the music, stretching it and weaving it, and, in the end, viscerally connects us to the music and the exprience.
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There is a most exciting, punk-like energy in the interpretations presented by the four young musicians. They are keenly adept at complimenting each other's playing and each interpretation brings something new to the listener. Their energy and talent meld into a high level of frenzy that seems to create something new in these familiar yet unique works. A real treat for the ears - but it's even more exciting to experience Brooklyn RIder live!