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Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet - 4 + Four

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
02/22/2005
Artist
Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Telarc Distribution
Duration
00:49:40

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The Turtle Island Quartet has always been a difficult group to pigeonhole into any prefabricated category, and this session is no exception to that rule. During this meeting with the classical Ying Quartet, they cover a wide variety of music. The opener is "Yearnin'," a marvelous blues by the late jazzman Oliver Nelson, with a series of playful solos. The cellists from each group share a duet of Mark Summer's "Julie-O," a piece that is occasionally suggestive of the works of Aaron Copland and showcases their abilities playing both pizzicato and arco. Violinist David Balakrishnan contributed the ambitious three-part suite "Mara's Garden of False Delights," an exotic piece that provides the most fertile meeting ground for the two quartets. Darius Milhaud's La Création du Monde demonstrates the French composer's interest in jazz, as the two groups join forces for a turbulent adaptation of this early 20th century ballet score. Even the Beatles' "Because" is successfully arranged by violinist Evan Price into a vehicle for their musical explorations, which recognize no boundaries. This music is even more stunning as heard on the Super Audio Surround Sound edition, though it is also available as a regular CD. ~ Ken Dryden

1) Yearnin' - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (05:31)
2) Julie-O, version for 2 cellos - Mark Summer / David Ying (04:10)
3) Mara's Garden of False Delights, for 2 string quartets~1. Sri-Jo - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (07:00)
4) Mara's Garden of False Delights, for 2 string quartets~2. Doughboy - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (03:36)
5) Mara's Garden of False Delights, for 2 string quartets~3. Snakes and Ladders - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (06:30)
6) La création du monde, ballet for orchestra, Op. 81 - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (11:00)
7) Variations on an Unoriginal Theme, for 2 string quartets - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (07:37)
8) Because - Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet (04:16)

Album
4 + Four
Publisher
Telarc Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
4 + Four | Turtle Island String Quartet / Ying Quartet