[ARTIST] Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet
[TRACK] Plan & Elevation: III. The Herbaceous Border
[LABEL] New Amsterdam Records & Nonesuch Records
Shaw describes the world she built for Orange as a garden that she and Attacca Quartet are tending. She used the group’s centuries-old combination of two violins (Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga), viola (Nathan Schram), and cello (Andrew Yee) to create a rich environment where traces of what has grown there before—left by Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, Bartok, Bach, Monteverdi, and Josquin—provide nourishment for new life.
“Hints of past years’ growth remain in the soil, and so the new growth has been partially shaped by the old. The colors are vivid and familiar, and the shapes of the leaves follow a pattern that you seem to know until you don’t. This album is a celebration of the simple, immediate, unadorned beauty of a natural, everyday, familiar thing.”