"His impeccable command is evident throughout ... with the violist using his considerable technique to bring forth the emotional richness of the works presented. It's a testament to the recording's quality and Cords' artistry that its status as a solo viola project quickly recedes into the background and one's attention instead shifts purely to the music..." - Textura
The second installment of the Philip Glass String Quartets will be available on December 8. The album includes String Quartets 6, 7, and a new arrangement of the saxophone quartet.
Works by Tyondai Braxton, Evan Ziporyn, Paula Matthusen, Kyle Sanna, and Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen.
Anne Sofie von Otter:
Brooklyn Rider have been the most wonderful of partners. … We initially met in New York to discuss the project, [and] subsequently sent endless emailed ideas and sound clips back and forth to narrow down the programme choices before our first rehearsal together in Stillwater, Minnesota in a log cabin by a little lake. It was an idyllic and perfect setting for concentration and creative thinking.
Working with the incomparable Anne Sofie von Otter has been a near constant reminder that there is nothing quite as expressive as the human voice. … In our experience, it is almost always in the reaching between two mediums where the interesting ‘stuff’ happens.
Music by Gabriel Kahane, with Shara Worden
Brooklyn Rider is one of today's most technically accomplished string quartets, full stop. Its superb playing is matched only by the thought, commitment and inspiration its members pour into projects like this one — making the string quartet not a relic of times long gone, but a vessel for the shape of music to come.
– NPR Music
“Seven Steps” (2011), an inventively eclectic score that touches briefly on jazz and makes its way through a few modal turns and energetic folk-fiddling passages before settling into a slowly morphing, lightly dissonant shimmer.
– New York Times
Music from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble is featured in Ken Burns and Lynn Novak's recent ten-part documentary series, The Vietnam War. The documentary premiered on September 17, and tells the story of the Vietnam War as never before seen on film.
“The music composed, arranged, and performed by Ensemble members and our friends on Sing Me Home is a tribute to how culture helps us all to meet, connect, and create something new.” — Yo-Yo Ma
2016 Grammy winner for Best World Music Album.