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02.22.12
Brooklyn Rider
TimeOut Chicago

By Brent DiCrescenzo

Brooklyn Rider Seven Steps

The string quartet would like to bust your brain with numerology and prickly modernism, but the centerpiece of the record is good ol' Beethoven, his String Quartet No. 14. This is a rustic, humble and American take on Op. 131; a folkiness runs through the violins that almost smells of bluegrass. Classical purists fret not, doom and pomp both surface in the closing Allegro.