Bryce Dessner: Aheym - Kronos Quartet
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  • Summary: The string quartet worked with National guitarist Bryce Dessner, who composed the four tracks.
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  1. Dec 18, 2013
    90
    It's a place Dessner has visited before, both inside and outside the National, and though he's earned plenty of concert-hall cred over the last few years, these incomparable Kronos recordings represent a huge leap. [No. 105, p.56]
  2. Nov 7, 2013
    85
    Aheym is a moving work but it is also challenging: The quartet saw and slide with impeccable skill with Dessner as their captain.
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    Not an easy listen, but an accomplished one. [Dec 2013, p.67]
  4. Nov 8, 2013
    79
    Dessner's mordant vision is uniquely his; these are real, meaty works, troubling and beautiful.
  5. 70
    The Kronos Quartet carries a sense of adventurism akin to Dessner’s National pals, but their instrumentals work as more of a form of action than a single piece of the atmosphere, giving Aheym a tenser feel.
  6. Nov 21, 2013
    65
    This collection of four works for string quartet is far from homely.
  7. Nov 7, 2013
    60
    In the Kronos Quartet’s 40-year career of melting faces chamber music style, it’s doubtful that Bryce Dessner: Aheym will ever rank as one of the group’s top recordings. It will, however, chronicle the rise the compositional talents of one Bryce Dessner.

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