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BERGER: Miracles and Mud / Sink or Swim / Doubles / for amos

Composer(s):Berger, Jonathan
Artist(s) St. Lawrence String Quartet, Ensemble • Sohn, Livia, violin
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559342
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Jonathan Berger’s music is deeply spiritual and hauntingly evocative. These works for string quartet and solo violin include Eli Eli, an adaptation of a beloved Hebrew melody written in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl; Miracles and Mud, a plea for coexistence; for amos, a reflection on the fragility of life; Sink or Swim, a set of variations on a Scottish love song; Doubles, described as “a quartet of profound depth and beauty”.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

Jonathan Berger was born in the United States in 1954, and became one of the growing breed of American composers looking for new ways of musically speaking within the realms of sounds that meet traditional human concepts of music. I am not fall in love with the disc on first hearing, but it was well worth the effort of gaining familiarity. Berger has built a sizable catalogue of scores, many coming as commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, while at the same he has over sixty publications on a wide range of subjects from music to science. Each of the five works on this disc has a progamme, opening with Eli Eli for string quartet and based on a poem by Hannah Senesh. She died in the Second World War at the age of 23 on a mission to rescue Jews from the Germans. Opening as a



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