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ADAMS, J.: String Quartet Works (Complete) - Fellow Traveler / John's Book of Alleged Dances / String Quartet (Attacca Quartet)

Composer(s):Adams, John
Artist(s) Attacca Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue Azica71280
Label Azica Records
Quality   320kbps
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A fresh take
Review By rgraves321,November 2013

The Attacca Quartet is a relatively new quartet, which is significant. Because they bring a youthful attitude and energy to Adam's music -- and the works benefit greatly from it.

"John's Book of Alleged Dances" is a wonderful collection of made-up dances. And its a set that should be played with a sense of fun. How can you take movements named "Dogjam" or "Alligator Escalator" otherwise? Yet this is demanding music that only works when played with precision and energy. The Attica pulls it all together, and delivers a winning performance. I won't say this is the definitive performance, but it's pretty darned close.

Also included is Adams' 2008 String Quartet, and the title select, "Fellow Traveler." The latter is a birthday present to Adams' opera collaborator more....

Review By Max Westler, Enjoy the Music,July 2013

…the Attacca brings to this genuinely idiosyncratic score a youthful sense of risk-taking and impetuosity.

If you’re as hooked on the Alleged Dances as I am, the Attaca is a necessary purchase. And as a very considerable bonus, you also get the String Quartet, one of Adams’ greatest compositions. Highly and urgently recommended. © 2013 Enjoy the Music Read complete review


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