SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Album review: Thomas Adès, ‘The Twenty-Fifth Hour’

It doesn’t matter how firmly I get the notion of Thomas Adès’ creative genius fixed in my mind — the beauty, ingenuity and expressive richness of his music always catches me by surprise. The latest example is this magnificent compilation of his chamber music by the Calder Quartet, with the composer joining in at the piano for a performance of his Piano Quintet...Download PDF | Full Article

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MUSICAL AMERICA - Ojai Festival, Not for the Faint of Heart
...All six of Bartók's string quartets were performed over three programs, a first in the festival's history. The superb Calder Quartet, in a memorable Ojai debut, captured the composer's developing "night music" style in the Fourth, the Bulgarian folk-rhythms in the Fifth's scherzo and trio, and the slight bitterness in the melancholy Sixth's “Marcia” and “Burletta.”...Download PDF
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LOS ANGELES TIMES - L.A. Phil explores Minimalism to maximal effect at Disney Hall

la-et-cm-0530-la-phil-premieres-pictures-001While much of the U.S. orchestra world has gathered in Cleveland this week to fret about the future and listen to Richard Strauss at the annual League of American Orchestras conference, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is busily optimistic, espousing the next great thing on Grand Avenue. Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the "Next on Grand" Festival got fully underway with the orchestra's final concerts of the season...[Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho]Download PDF | Full Article

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BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW - Calder Quartet brings clarity and commitment to music old and new
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THE ARTERY - From Ravel to Adès: Calder Quartet Fuses Old With New

...For Bulbrook and violist Moerschel, playing at Jordan Hall is a homecoming of sorts. The entire quartet lives in the Los Angeles area now, but both Bulbrook and Moerschel grew up near Boston — Moerschel’s father Joel recently retired after three decades with the BSO — and performed in youth and prep ensembles together. “It’s really special for us to play in Jordan,” Bulbrook says. “Jon and I started here, and played in lots of orchestra pre-college events at Jordan. When you’re a little kid practicing hard, you dream about these things.”Download PDF | Full Article

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THE NEW YORK TIMES - They're Always Borrowing His Stuff

...On Feb. 22, the Calder Quartet will juxtapose Mr. Norman’s “Sabina” and Mr. Adès’s “Arcadiana” in a concert sponsored by Carnegie Hall at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library.“Andrew really looks up to and respects Adès,” said a violinist for the Calder, Andrew Bulbrook, who recounted Mr. Norman’s excitement: “ ‘Oh, wow, I’m on a concert with the greatest string quartet composed in the last 50 years!’ ” ...Download PDF | Full Article

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