Lee Hyla: String Quartets no. 2 and 3

New World Records: 80491

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"[Hyla's] music sounds as modernistic as anybody's, with its nervous rhythms, wildly zigzagging lines, dissonance-saturated harmonies, bold discontinuities and buzzsaw power that hark back to his days as a keyboard player in rock bands. Yet for all the tensile energy of his music, the five works on a recent New World Records CD titled We Speak Etruscan have visceral structural impact... The Lydian String Quartet gives engrossing accounts of Mr. Hyla's jittery String Quartet No. 2 and his more pensive, one-movement String Quartet No. 3." Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

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