Critic’s Choice

Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 10:43 am

The Attacca Quartet performs Tuesday, April 30 at xxx.

Like its younger sister, the Angel’s Share, the Crypt Sessions series offers more than just a pre-concert reception and a one-of-a-kind location—the crypt under the Church of the Intercession. The Angel’s Share delivers some of the most well-chosen programming on the New York scene, mixing old, new, and avant-garde music.

That is embodied in the Attacca Quartet, who have already played Haydn and Beethoven in the crypt and are important interpreters of the music of John Adams.  On Tuesday, April 30, the group will return to the series with something new—the string quartet music of Caroline Shaw.  Shaw made a splash when she was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for her Partita for 8 voices, and her energetic and expressive music has since become a mainstay.

The program will celebrate the Attacca Quartet’s new Nonesuch/New Amsterdam recording of Shaw’s complete music for string quartet. Works on tap are her Entr’acte, Punctum, Valencia, Ritornello, Blueprint, and Plan & Elevation.

The Attacca Quartet plays music of Caroline Shaw in the crypt at the Church of the Intercession, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

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