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Ethel

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The humorously named Ethel might have the same lineup as a normal classical string quartet, but that's where the similarity ends. The four works that comprise the group's self-titled album don't so much push at the barriers of modern classical music as tip them over completely. John King's "Sweet Hardwood" is a challenging piece -- both for playing and listening, before resolving into something like Americana through a strange prism for its final two sections. Phil Kline's "The Blue Room & Other Stories" offers moodiness, and a feeling akin to some more ambient electronica in its opening section, before the slightly tortuous and tight March movement, which blossoms ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The humorously named Ethel might have the same lineup as a normal classical string quartet, but that's where the similarity ends. The four works that comprise the group's self-titled album don't so much push at the barriers of modern classical music as tip them over completely. John King's "Sweet Hardwood" is a challenging piece -- both for playing and listening, before resolving into something like Americana through a strange prism for its final two sections. Phil Kline's "The Blue Room & Other Stories" offers moodiness, and a feeling akin to some more ambient electronica in its opening section, before the slightly tortuous and tight March movement, which blossoms into the lyrically autumnal "The Blue Room," before turning to a controlled dance of Tarantella. The instrumental parts in Todd Reynolds' "Uh...It Happened So Fast" slither and slide around each other, rising and falling alarmingly, a piece that works beautifully, but demands a great deal of the players. Compared to those three, "Be-In" is less successful, and seemingly more random, although composer Evan Ziporyn's bass clarinet does add some lyricism. Throughout the whole album, the entire quartet -- Ralph Farris, Dorothy Lawson, Reynolds, and Mary Rowell -- shows complete command of its instruments, and the ability to perform in the most complex styles with a fabulous grace. Maybe it's not the easiest listening in the world, but it's remarkably satisfying.
Gramophone - Barry Witherden
Largely post-minimalist, exhibiting the shimmering surfaces and vibrant rhythmic patterns of Reich and Glass's early systems music, if not their methodological rigour, the music featured here benefits from incisive performances by Ethel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Cantaloupe
  • UPC: 713746293826
  • Catalog Number: 21017
  • Sales rank: 199,400

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Primary Artist
Dorothy Lawson Cello, Group Member
Todd Reynolds Violin, Group Member
Ralph Farris Viola, Group Member
Mary L. Rowell Violin, Group Member
Technical Credits
Phil Kline Composer
Joe Lambert Mastering
Dave McNair Producer, Engineer
Evan Ziporyn Composer
Todd Reynolds Composer
Greenberg Kingsley Illustrations
Sean Gould Engineer
Ethel Producer, Liner Notes
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