The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

ECM New Se­ries 476 4826 The ECM label is mak­ing quite a fuss over the Lon­don-trained Bul­gar­ian com­poser Do­brinka Tabakova – “richly melodic, tex­tu­rally sen­su­ous, of­ten emo­tion­ally ra­di­ant” is the pitch. Tabakova favours melodic writ­ing with folk-de­rived in­flec­tions, solid, wall-of-sound back­grounds, and im­me­di­acy of ef­fect, whether it’s in cre­at­ing skeins of min­i­mal­is­ti­cally pat­terned dis­so­nance or rewrit­ing the styles of cen­turies ago. To my ears, the im­me­di­acy has all the sub­tlety of the plot and ti­tling of that no­to­ri­ous ac­tion thriller, Snakes on a Plane. And, like Snakes on a Plane, String Paths has top­name sup­port – the per­form­ers in­clude vi­o­lin­ist Janine Jansen, vi­ola-player Maxim Rysanov and cel­list Tor­leif Thedéen.

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