Metroland

Wolosoff produced an engaging and, dare I say, literate piece that does what classical music is supposed to do: give a more formal voice to the music of its day.

— B.A Nilsson. Metroland

Until getting my hands on Bruce Wolosoff’s Songs without Words (Naxos). It’s a set of 18 miniatures for string quartet, played by the commissioning ensemble, the Carpe Diem Quartet. They asked the composer for “rock and jazz based music,” and he hit on the idea of improvising along with the 30-second samples you find online to familiarize himself with the sounds they sought. The resulting pieces aren’t rewrites, and they’re rarely even pay recognizable homage to their sources. Wolosoff produced an engaging and, dare I say, literate piece that does what classical music is supposed to do: give a more formal voice to the music of its day. And it’s a very fun disc to listen to. It’s at the top of my own gift-giving list.

 

 

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