10 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In Orange, Caroline Shaw’s music furtively glances back while striding forward with scintillating inventiveness. Its beauty emerges as much from its fragments of Mozart, Ravel, and Bartók as from the iridescent shards of light that punctuate this playful, unexpected album. “Punctum” is a good place to start, its explosive Beethovenian opening and modal introduction giving way to a breathtaking pass by Bach’s Passion chorale. “Ritornello 2.sq.2.j.a” moves distractedly from the 17th century to the here and now; the five-movement Plan & Elevation is engaging, thoughtful, and exciting. Shaw was partly inspired to write “Valencia” by the wondrous construction and architecture of a Valencia orange, and many of her most radiant ideas, indeed, blossom from simple roots.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In Orange, Caroline Shaw’s music furtively glances back while striding forward with scintillating inventiveness. Its beauty emerges as much from its fragments of Mozart, Ravel, and Bartók as from the iridescent shards of light that punctuate this playful, unexpected album. “Punctum” is a good place to start, its explosive Beethovenian opening and modal introduction giving way to a breathtaking pass by Bach’s Passion chorale. “Ritornello 2.sq.2.j.a” moves distractedly from the 17th century to the here and now; the five-movement Plan & Elevation is engaging, thoughtful, and exciting. Shaw was partly inspired to write “Valencia” by the wondrous construction and architecture of a Valencia orange, and many of her most radiant ideas, indeed, blossom from simple roots.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

S. T. Fine ,

Lovely Lively Quartet Music, Strong Performances

I love what Caroline Shaw does here with voicing and textures and timbres and awareness of overtones.

As far as I’m concerned, the perfect amount of minimalism to be arresting.

It wouldn’t be so easily apparent without the wonderful playing here. So clear, so dramatic.

879976542120 ,

Incredible!

An incredibly interesting and beautiful CD. The combination of Caroline Shaw and Attacca is truly a tour de force.

Analogclock ,

Amazing!

Amazing! They are fun and dynamic group on stage and on recording.

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