Brodsky Quartet, ELEGIE

Gavin Borchert

By Gavin Borchert

on 06.15.11 in Reviews
A string quartet as comfortable with Brubeck as with Mozart

No other chamber ensemble comes to mind who is as versatile as the Brodsky, and this collection of shorter works is a great overview of their boundary-ignoring repertory, which moves from Elvis Costello (he also composed his Juliet Letters for them) to jazz, from avant-garde works like Stravinsky's still-startling Three Pieces back to 18th-century classics. Their way with modern music is powerfully brash and visceral, with a fantastic rhythmic drive and sense of showmanship; their Haydn and Mozart is polished and elegant, but no less energetic.