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Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (b.1935) / Ragazze Quartet; Slagwerk Den Haag; Kapok

Notes & Reviews:

Four Four Three is a program of music by minimalist American composer Terry Riley by the Ragazze Quartet. In C, also featuring Slagwerk Den Haag, has an enormous dynamic range. Long, melodic lines combine with short rhythmic motifs, producing an effect of both tranquil contemplation and pulsating explosiveness. Sunrise of the planetary dream collector was originally written for string quartet. But the Ragazze Quartet invited the jazz trio Kapok to make a new arrangement together. The mix of string quartet, horn, electric guitar and percussion, all expanded with electronic effects, offers a rich pallete of timbres. Ragazze Quartet bring forth the groovy rhythm and whimsical improvisatory character of this music in readings you have probably never heard before and will not hear anywhere else.

Four Four Three is a program of music by minimalist American composer Terry Riley by the Ragazze Quartet. In C, also featuring Slagwerk Den Haag, has an enormous dynamic range. Long, melodic lines combine with short rhythmic motifs, producing an effect of both tranquil contemplation and pulsating explosiveness. Sunrise of the planetary dream collector was originally written for string quartet. But the Ragazze Quartet invited the jazz trio Kapok to make a new arrangement together. The mix of string quartet, horn, electric guitar and percussion, all expanded with electronic effects, offers a rich pallete of timbres. Ragazze Quartet bring forth the groovy rhythm and whimsical improvisatory character of this music in readings you have probably never heard before and will not hear anywhere else.

The Guardian, 30th June 2016
This latest, Dutch version [of In C], clocks in at 40 minutes and combines a chipper-sounding string quartet with percussion ensemble, taking the music into a cheesy kind of party groove after a polite start.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
The pulse is discreetly shunted towards the background, utterly charming the senses with an often delicate mechanism of light pizzicato strings and mallet percussion...This performance deals up moments of sheer magic.



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