On "A Walking Fire," their first recording for Universal Music’s Mercury Classics label, Brooklyn Rider performs Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 along with new works by Ljova and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen. Ljova’s Culai channels the sound and spirit of the famed Gypsy violinist-vocalist Nicolae Neacsu, and Jacobsen’s lively Miniatures for String Quartet bear a strong Persian influence.
On his Bridge Records debut, pianist Martin Perry presents virtuosic sonatas by close contemporaries Miklós Rózsa and Elliott Carter alongside Béla Bartók’s Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs. The Hungarian-born Rózsa lived most of his adult life in Hollywood scoring feature films, but he continued to write concert pieces throughout his life, including the dissonant, folk-tinged Piano Sonata Op. 20.
Composer Christine Southworth has released a new album of works for string quartet featuring an intriguing lineup of performers. The Kronos Quartet play with Gamelan Elektrika on the adventurous Supercollider, the Calder Quartet are featured on Honey Flyers, and the teen-aged Face the Music Quartet plays gives an impressive performance of Volcano.
Kronos Quartet with Gamelan Eletrika performs Supercollider at Lincoln Center: