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Doyle Armbrust
Time Out Chicago, November 2012

Each piece is a segment of the “Mysterium” portion of Caeli enarrant, and the second track, “Monh,” contains the album’s paragon with the inclusion of violist Tabea Zimmermann as soloist. Zimmermann is near-deified among violists, and her peerless command of her instrument’s tonal color palette is on full display here through Lentz’s morphing tapestries of high modernism, deep-space time warps and Romantic chorales. Gliding through Hindemith-like tetra chords, icy ponticello skirmishes and ricocheting jeté strokes, Zimmermann never interrupts the thread of this poly-dimensional traversal of the unexplored cosmos. The album’s two other star-inspired movements, “Guyuhmgan” and “Ngangkar,” are no less effective in unspooling the listener’s sense of place with gargantuan low brass events and gossamer flute and clarinet playing from the Philharmonique, creating vast sonic expanses through which to float in awe. © 2012 Timeout Chicago Read complete review





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