4 + Four

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
After two decades of pushing the boundaries of their genre to include folk, jazz, world music, and practically everything else, the members of the Turtle Island String Quartet tackle a new challenge on this collaboration with a more traditionally classical ensemble, the Ying Quartet. Blending together in a richly hued eight-piece formation, the quartets have forged a diverse repertoire combining new works with arrangements of familiar ones. The new music comes direct from the pens of the Turtle Island team. Quartet founder David Balakrishnan's Mara's Garden of False Delights is the disc's centerpiece, its three movements inspired by ideas from Hindu philosophy and its ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
After two decades of pushing the boundaries of their genre to include folk, jazz, world music, and practically everything else, the members of the Turtle Island String Quartet tackle a new challenge on this collaboration with a more traditionally classical ensemble, the Ying Quartet. Blending together in a richly hued eight-piece formation, the quartets have forged a diverse repertoire combining new works with arrangements of familiar ones. The new music comes direct from the pens of the Turtle Island team. Quartet founder David Balakrishnan's Mara's Garden of False Delights is the disc's centerpiece, its three movements inspired by ideas from Hindu philosophy and its music combining the feel of Indian ragas especially in the concluding "Snakes and Ladders" with jazzy syncopations and blue notes. Turtle Island's second violinist, Evan Price, humbly offers his Variations on an Unoriginal Theme; but if the theme's not original, the ingeniously disguised variations certainly are. Price also contributes a soulful arrangement of the jazz standard "Yearnin' " by Oliver Nelson to open the program, while cellist Mark Summer's treatment of the Beatles' "Because" rounds it out on a smoothly serene note. Even the most "classical" number here -- Darius Milhaud's landmark 1923 ballet score, La Création du Monde -- was composed under the sway of jazz. In fact, as one of the first and most successful attempts at this sort of fusion, it's a perfect choice for the Turtle Island/Ying collaboration, and Danny Seidenberg's octet arrangement is so cleverly executed that the raucous winds and brass of the original aren't even missed. Here's hoping that 4 + Four adds up to more than just this one disc, because it would be fascinating -- and great fun -- to hear what direction the Turtle Island and Ying players might take together in the future.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Turtle Island Quartet has always been a difficult group to pigeonhole into any prefabricated category, and this session is no exception to that rule. During this meeting with the classical Ying Quartet, they cover a wide variety of music. The opener is "Yearnin'," a marvelous blues by the late jazzman Oliver Nelson, with a series of playful solos. The cellists from each group share a duet of Mark Summer's "Julie-O," a piece that is occasionally suggestive of the works of Aaron Copland and showcases their abilities playing both pizzicato and arco. Violinist David Balakrishnan contributed the ambitious three-part suite "Mara's Garden of False Delights," an exotic piece that provides the most fertile meeting ground for the two quartets. Darius Milhaud's "La Création du Monde" demonstrates the French composer's interest in jazz, as the two groups join forces for a turbulent adaptation of this early 20th century ballet score. Even the Beatles' "Because" is successfully arranged by violinist Evan Price into a vehicle for their musical explorations, which recognize no boundaries. This music is even more stunning as heard on the Super Audio Surround Sound edition, though it is also available as a regular CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408063060
  • Catalog Number: 60630

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Turtle Island String Quartet Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Ensemble, String Quartet
Ying Quartet Primary Artist
David Balakrishnan Violin
Mark Summer Cello
Evan Price Violin
David Ying Cello
Janet Ying Violin
Phillip Ying Viola
Timothy Ying Violin
Ying Quartet Ensemble, String Quartet
Mads Tolling Viola
Timothy Ying Violin
Phillip Ying Viola
David Ying Cello
Technical Credits
Darius Milhaud Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Oliver Nelson Composer
David Balakrishnan Composer
Jack Renner Engineer
Danny Seidenberg Arranger, Liner Notes
Mark Summer Arranger, Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Evan Price Arranger, Composer
Phillip Ying Liner Notes
Thomas C. Moore Producer, Liner Notes
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