String Quartets No.1 “Clouds” (1996) & No.2 “Streams” (2003)
The Brentano Quartet
A disc of contrapuntal music that will appeal to Bach-lovers and only gradually reveal its secrets.
Start with Quartet No 2, a meditation on Bach's Art of Fugue which extends traditional fugal writing: "a complete absorption of what Bach is in another idiom" [Chou W-Ch].
Then enjoy Twilight Colors, a double trio for woodwinds and strings. Clouds, the earliest here, "explores a wide expressive range and an organic approach to formal continuity" [Yauoi Uno Everett, whose extensive analytic notes really do help the listener!].
Serious, timeless music, strongly recommended to collectors who value such masterworks as Bach fugues and Beethoven's last string quartets.
Peter Grahame Woolf
See also Lei Lang portrait