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On “Tessellatum,” a long, minimalist suite, Ms. Sirota’s viola and Liam Byrne’s bass viols have a rough, windswept resonance. Ms. Sirota is a frequent collaborator with Nico Muhly — the closest thing contemporary classical has to a pop star — and the host of the broadly loved radio show “Meet the Composer,” but on this recording the husky timbres and shuddery harmonies do their own persuasive work. The suite was composed by Donnacha Dennehy, and it’s accompanied by jittery, abstract video from the animator Steven Mertens. “Song O” begins with some wrangling duet playing from Ms. Sirota and Mr. Byrne, as if they’re pulling sound from their instruments while battling the elements; eventually, doleful melodies start to seep in. By the end, the two instruments are in sublime retreat, harmonies humming and washing away, still conjoined.


The New York Times (August 14th 2017)

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