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Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, June 2017

The Jasper Quartet select seven pieces written since 2005 for their third Sono Luminus CD. Five begin with a pulse that sets the music’s course; two move in irregular fits and starts. And despite lengths varying from four to 18 minutes, each has a personal core.

Wonderful moments and dramatic tours de force abound, whether suggestive string glissandos tracing sensuous curves in Caroline Shaw’s Valencia or the luxurious cello solo in Missy Mazzoli’s Death Valley Junction. Judd Greenstein’s finely judged Four on the Floor is consumed in frantic motor energy before breaking out into a superb Bartókian jog-trot and climax. The disjointed 18-minute skein of sound that David Lang’s almost all the time creates is a response to the question ‘can a piece begin as identical microscopic cells that then differentiate into other functions across time?’ Donnacha Dennehy’s Pushpulling, an exercise in increasingly ominous, skittling anxiety, is the only moderately disturbing music on the CD. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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