String Quar­tets/Pi­ano Quin­tet (Cy­bele SACD 261603)

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This is a fine record­ing and per­for­mance of the mu­sic of Thomas Adès cap­tured in 5.1 SACD, 2-ch CD and bin­au­ral for head­phone lis­ten­ing. Born in 1971, Adès stud­ied pi­ano as well as com­po­si­tion and mu­si­col­ogy and this disc con­tains some of his most in­ter­est­ing works in­clud­ing Ar­ca­di­ana Op 12 for String Quar­tet, The Pi­ano Quin­tet for Pi­ano and String Orches­tra, and The 4 Quar­ters Op. 28 for String Quar­tet, with the pi­ano played by Dim­itri Vas­si­lakis and the strings by the Doe­lenKwartet of Rot­ter­dam. These con­tem­po­rary works are chal­leng­ing and dis­so­nant, but the mu­sic is com­pelling, and Cy­bele does a stand-out record­ing job, of­fer­ing buy­ers of this disc mul­ti­ple ways to lis­ten. The sound on this disc, es­pe­cially the 5.1 tracks, is su­perb. The mu­si­cians are up front while the rear chan­nels pro­vide am­bi­ence. Lis­ten­ing to the bin­au­ral tracks your room will dis­ap­pear and you’ll be in the record­ing stu­dio in­stead.

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