Leo Ornstein: Piano Quintet, String Quartet no. 3

With Janice Weber, piano

New World Records: 80509
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"These two chamber works express a distinct preference for a surging emotionalism over carefully chiseled argument or niceties of joinery. One hears Ornstein sailing from one pungency to the next, all oozing Slavic soul... A most attractive release and, for the right listener, a real discovery." Fanfare

"The Lydian String Quartet with pianist Janice Weber charge in with volcanic energy that sounds like an orchestra rather than a chamber group, and their intensity never lets up. In the fast music, they have all the barbaric splendor one could ask for; in the slow music they play with great tenderness. The recorded sound is big and bold. This is the most revelatory CD to come my way this year." American Record Guide

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