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Moodswings
     

Moodswings

by The Brodsky Quartet
 
The Brodsky Quartet is the cream of the crossover crop. Despite venturing regularly into the pop-music world, the group has never tarnished its sterling classical pedigree, thanks to an approach that is nothing like the souped-up dance beats of the crossover quartet Bond, nor the surprisingly abundant albums of

Overview

The Brodsky Quartet is the cream of the crossover crop. Despite venturing regularly into the pop-music world, the group has never tarnished its sterling classical pedigree, thanks to an approach that is nothing like the souped-up dance beats of the crossover quartet Bond, nor the surprisingly abundant albums of string quartet arrangements paying dubious "tribute" to everyone from Jessica Simpson to Sonic Youth. Instead, the Brodskys have chosen to collaborate with innovative pop auteurs like Elvis Costello (on the highly acclaimed Juliet Letters) and Björk, and on Moodswings, they team up again with both of those artists: Costello opens the disc with his classic "My Mood Swings" and closes it with a Randy Newman tune, while Björk contributes a chamber-pop version of one of her Dancer in the Dark songs. But they also reach out in some unexpected directions. Where else could you find Sting and singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith rubbing shoulders with avant-garde vocalist and composer Meredith Monk? The eclectic British composer Richard Rodney Bennett (best known for film scores like Murder on the Orient Express) sings one of his own pop standards, and Errollyn Wallen, a more recently arrived talent in new music, shows off her chops as both chanteuse and composer in the poignant "Daedalus." Most surprising are the half-dozen tracks credited to some real unknowns: teenage students who participated in an outreach program with the Brodskys, creating music and lyrics for some of the freshest-sounding songs on this album. The students couldn't ask for better performances -- four excellent vocalists join the quartet for these numbers -- and their work blends perfectly with that of the more famous tunesmiths. In all, not only is Moodswings completely absorbing on a musical level; it also accomplishes something much trickier: blurring genres until any distinction between classical and pop music falls aside as something utterly irrelevant.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0680125350121
catalogNumber:
3501

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Performance Credits

Brodsky Quartet   Primary Artist
Ian Belton   Violin
Andrew Haveron   Violin
Jacqueline Thomas   Cello
Paul Cassidy   Viola
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Richard Rodney Bennett   Vocals
Meredith Monk   Vocals
Ian Shaw   Vocals
Ron Sexsmith   Vocals
Adey Grummet   Vocals
Errollyn Wallen   Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Jacqui Dankworth   Vocals
Björk   Vocals
Sophie Grimmer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Errollyn Wallen   Arranger,Producer
Elvis Costello   Producer
Richard Rodney Bennett   Producer
Meredith Monk   Producer
Ian Shaw   Producer
Ron Sexsmith   Producer
Adey Grummet   Producer
Gerry O'Riordan   Producer,Engineer
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Randy Newman   Songwriter
Cait O'Riordan   Songwriter

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