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One of the most interesting - but somewhat intimidating - chamber ensembles of the 21st Century is probably the pairing of the viola with percussion. The dark sonority of the viola is a pleasing harmonic compliment to the various textures that percussion provides as a background. I say intimidating because in theory, it's hard to imagine the two types of instruments coming together well.
With some compositions it isn't successful, but the selections on this album do not suffer from that problem. The vibrance of the compositions comes through in both the way in which the instruments are handled and the execution of the music by the performers. The sound is at times reminiscent of Klezmer, at others mainstream world music and at all times has a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor. In all the tracks there is fantastic energy and interesting textural sounds that are uplifting and engaging. I find myself listening to this album frequently in the car when I'm in the mood for something upbeat.
Definitely an album that promotes this non-traditional ensemble well!more....
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