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Review: Kronos Quartet, in an Emotionally Packed Performance

Review: Kronos Quartet, in an Emotionally Packed Performance

March 9, 2015
National

"The Kronos Quartet offered a program of new and recent works full of ideas in the Late Nights at Zankel Hall series on Saturday, and the composers’ program notes were sometimes more compelling than the music.

The program was dedicated to the quartet’s longtime lighting designer, Laurence Neff, who died last year in a fall from a tree he was pruning. So the emotional center came in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Bryce Dessner’s “Tenebre,” a work written in 2011 for Mr. Neff’s 50th birthday.

“Tenebre” reverses the course of the Christian Tenebrae service from light to darkness, as candles are successively extinguished. Mr. Dessner’s work begins in near-darkness and progresses to light, in a nod to Mr. Neff’s profession, and includes references to music by Tallis, Gesualdo, Palestrina and others. Kronos gave a taut performance, deeply felt..."

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