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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: VINYL ALBUM (Reissue)
  • SKU: ICR005V
  • UPC: 724101236020
  • Street Date: 01/19/18
  • PreBook Date: 12/15/17
  • Label: IN A CIRCLE RECORDS »
  • Genre: Classical
  • Run Time: 63:14 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2012
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD

 

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Brooklyn Rider - Seven Steps

Seven Steps features Beethoven's opus 131 and the first ever original work created by a classical string quartet.

Brooklyn Rider - Seven Steps
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Seven Steps represents Brooklyn Rider's newest installment of their transformational approach to the string quartet tradition including one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire, Beethoven's opus 131, the premiere recordings of a work by Slow Six front man, Christopher Tignor and Brooklyn Rider's first-ever collaborative composition, "Seven Steps".
"Seven Steps" was born out of the question, "why shouldn't a string quartet also endeavor to create music collaboratively, rather than relying on the singular voice of the composer?" Half-sketched, half-improvised, "Seven Steps" is the first work created by Brooklyn Rider and a first in the world of the classical string quartet.
Christopher Tignor wrote "Together Into This Unknowable Night" for Brooklyn Rider in 2008. His vivid description of the work shares a kinship with Beethoven's world:
In this piece I wanted something that took the quartet somewhere overwrought, something they could lean into with heart as much as bow. Big vertical stacks that would take centuries-old quartet resonance and let you live inside it.
One of the central challenges of Beethoven's op. 131 is that it places huge emotional and physical demands on the player, often posing near-impossible musical juxtapositions. But in demanding the impossible, Beethoven forces the musician to rise to new heights, to interact with each other and society on equal terms, to love and to be vulnerable--in short, to experience a sense of catharsis together. Brooklyn Rider makes full use of their unique vantage point gained from the collaborative process of Seven Steps fused with a loving and intensive re-imagination of the score to give this beloved work a new and revealing interpretation. The intersection between the improvisatory spirit of Seven Steps, the luminescent sound world of Together Into This Unknowable Night, and the transcendent world of late Beethoven aptly represents the multifaceted passions of Brooklyn Rider.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Seven Steps (Brooklyn Rider)
  • Together Into This Unknowable Night (Christopher Tignor)
  • Disc 2:
    • String Quartet No.14 in C# minor, Opus 131 Ludwig Van Beethoven - 1. Mvmt I - Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo 2. Mmvt II - Allegro molto vivace 3. Mvmt III - Allegro Moderato 4. Mvmt IV - Andante ma non troppo e cantabile - Andante moderat
    • String Quartet No.14 in C# minor, Opus 131 Ludwig Van Beethoven - 1. Mvmt IV (continued from Side C) Adagio ma non troppo e semplice 2. Mvmt V - Presto 3. Mvmt VI - Adagio quasi un poco Andante 4. Mvmt VII - Allegro

Bonus Materials

  • INCLUDES DOWNLOAD CARD FOR A DIGITAL COPY OF THE ENTIRE ALBUM
  • BEAUTIFUL GATEFOLD DOUBLE LP

Sales Points

  • The intersection between the improvisatory spirit of Seven Steps, the luminescent sound world of ?Together Into This Unknowable Night?, and the transcendent world of late Beethoven aptly represents the multi-faceted passions of Brooklyn Rider
  • The album premieres a recording of a work by Slow Six frontman, Christopher Tignor
  • Seven Steps is the first ever collaborative composition by Brooklyn Rider, and a first in the world of the classical string quartet.
  • The album includes one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire, Beethoven?s opus 131

Press Quotes

These four young musicians are proving themselves to be among the most fearless in the classical world today

     —Derek Beres, The Huffington Post

Amazing tonal and textural variety to the score. The third movement in particular is gorgeously ethereal? With more work like this, Brooklyn Rider seem poised to earn attention on their own terms-- regardless of which composers they work with.

     —Joe Tangari, Pitchfork

Forgive the hyperbole, but I have seen the future of chamber music and it is Brooklyn Rider

     —Greg Cahill, Strings Magazine

Totally Kick-Ass

     —Vice Magazine

  

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