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A Walking Fire

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Brooklyn Rider is THE string quartet for the new age. In one sweep they have managed to establish themselves among the leading quartets of our time, become absolute critics darlings in the United States and reinvent the format, look and feel of what a string quartet concert can be.

Having created major buzz with their previous self-released albums, A Walking Fire is their major label debut.

The album combines Bartoks epic second string quartet with two new works: Ljovas Culai, inspired by Romanian gypsy music, and the ensembles own Colin Jacobsens cycle Three Miniatures for String Quartet, inspired by a trip to Iran and their work with Persian folk music.

Cultural curiosity and immense creativity are signature features of the four Brooklyn-based musicians, who have collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma (The Silk Road Project), Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor and Banjo superstar Bela Fleck, among others.

One of their focuses has been to work with a wide-range of composers from different genres by commissioning new works and opening up the string quartet repertoire to new influences.

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Proving themselves to be among the most fearless in the classical world today. --The Huffington Post

One of the wonders of contemporary music. --Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix. --The New York Times

One of the wonders of contemporary music. --Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix. --The New York Times

One of the wonders of contemporary music. --Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix. --The New York Times

One of the wonders of contemporary music. --Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix. --The New York Times

One of the wonders of contemporary music. --Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix. --The New York Times

One of the wonders of contemporary music. --Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix. --The New York Times


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Product Details

  • Composer: Bela Viktor Janos Bartok, Colin Jacobsen
  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Classics
  • ASIN: B00BTHTY6O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn VINE VOICE on September 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Nothing in the title of this album gives you an idea of the hour of music you'll encounter when you start listening, but this fascinating disc by the New York string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines three disparate works into a coherent program.

Starting with Culai, by Ljova, a Gypsy musician, the quartet takes listeners on a trip to a distant yet familiar sound world. We can all recognize the sounds of gypsy music, and this five-movement string quartet goes through all of the phases of a life. Culai was the nickname of a gypsy violinist Nicolae Neacşu, and this work is the story of his life. Using all of the resources of the string quartet - solid ensemble playing, emotional solo violin, and some sweet phrases where the two violins play in unison - this shows that "classical" music comes in many form.

The next work on this disc is Béla Bartók's brilliant String Quartet No. 2. Bartók took many of his themes from folk music, and the rhythms of the second movement of this work may even have been influenced by his discovery of Nigerian music during a visit to that country in 1913. Written between 1915 and 1917, this work is full of the sadness of the First World War, in Bartók's familiar, yet not always easy to penetrate, musical idiom. Brooklyn Rider play this work beautifully, and its position following Culia links this quartet with the folk roots that Bartók so often used in his music.

The third and final work is Colin Jacobsen's Three Miniatures for String Quartet. These three pieces are influenced by Persian miniature paintings, and feature tonal ideas that follow from Bartók. The first piece is dense and rhythmic, with Middle Eastern colors. The second sounds more like an arabesque.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Nevius on August 22, 2013
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I bought this CD after attending a Brooklyn Rider performance and was not disappointed. Four extremely talented young men! If you enjoy listening to a string quartet with incredible style and creativity - you will like this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth M. Mesavage on September 8, 2013
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This is an excellent group of musicians who play a variety of styles, including Bartok, pieces based on Romanian folk pieces, as well as original pieces of music. they are truly wonderful!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Weitzner on June 2, 2013
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These guys are the future of classical music as we know it! One must see them live. There, I've reached the minimum word limit!
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