Good Company

06.01.11
Brooklyn Rider
The Strad Magazine

By Catherine Nelson

Catherine Nelson enjoys new discs exploring the range of American chamber-music writing

Of three new releases of music by American composers written in the last 50 years, a double-disc set from Brooklyn Rider of string quartets by Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music OMM 0074) stands out for the delicacy of the ensemble, and the sheer beauty of the blend of tone colours. Even Glass-ophobes would be hard pressed not to admire the immaculate and blissfully transparent texture – helped along by the crisp recorded sound – with the players surging and rippling back and forth as they make Glass’s distinctive sound world speak.