Wednesday, January 13, 2016
New Orford, New Brahms
The first few times I listened to the New Orford recording, I thought it sat somewhere in the middle of the pack -- well-played, but not especially noteworthy.
But then I started listening more closely, and more critically. I realized that what the New Orford brings to these works are transparent performances. Their interpretation seemed more concerned with serving the music, rather than making a mark on it.
The New Orford has a near-perfect ensemble blend that to my ears made it seem as if I was listening to a single instrument, rather than four. If you want to introduce someone to these works, this recording is a great place to start. The New Orford Quartet delivers solid performances of these works -- performances that I appreciate more with every hearing.
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 51
New Orford String Quartet
Bridge Records 9464