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Fellow Traveler - The Complete String Quartet Works of John Adams

Fellow Traveler - The Complete String Quartet Works of John Adams by Attacca Quartet
Released: Mar 2013
Label: Azica Records
"John's Book of Alleged Dances," a series of 10 string-quartet pieces featuring occasional prepared-piano backing, was always a lark. While still not in the top tier of John Adams' works, this performance by the Attacca Quartet makes it seem more essential than did the first recording by the Kronos Quartet. The Attacca players have better engineering, for starters, but also added muscle in "Dogjam," "Toot Nipple" and "Standchen." A new take on the simply named "String Quartet" isn't a real advance over the one prior recording, but with the premiere of the title track, this is a fine program.
Seth Colter Walls