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.
By Justin Davidson on 01.16.15 in Features
She is no longer the goofy but serious alien girl with the long flowing hair; instead she’s a sage.
By Justin Davidson on 12.02.14 in Features
Justin Davidson examines the way recent solo cello albums by Alisa Weilerstein, Jeffrey Ziegler and Maya Beiser reinvent that wordless, eloquent voice.
By Ami Armstrong on 11.26.14 in Features
Stream the Punch Brothers documentary 'How to Grow a Band' this week.
By John Schaefer on 10.28.14 in Reviews
The interlocking rhythm patterns of Steve Reich, the micro-universe contained in the drones of La Monte Young, the hypnotic sounds of the German motorik bands of the '70s…these are a few of the straws I will grasp at in...