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Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 14 mars 2015

Pierre-Yves Martel’s Quartetski are based in Montreal. They’ve already reinterpreted Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives and there’s a Bartók disc in the pipeline. Martel’s approach is looser and more anarchic than Hofbauer’s, the ballet recast for drums, electric guitar, reeds and violin. Martel plays viola da gamba, and, tantalisingly, what’s listed as “objets divers”. The 32-minute original is extended here to nearly 50 minutes. The score’s folky roots emerge more strongly, and the improvisation is a lot freer. The extended instrumental solos never outstay their welcome, and Martel’s pungent distillation of the work’s essence continually throws up surprises: the wonderful overlaying of duple and triple time rhythms in Augers of Spring, and the chilliness at the opening of the ballet’s second half. Quartetski’s Sacrificial Dance is a freer, spookier affair: drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli pounds out Stravinsky’s rhythms against a sustained chords and scratchy vinyl samples, before the music fades out. If you love this piece, don’t feel you have to choose between Hofbauer and Quartetski. Buy both.

The extended instrumental solos never outstay their welcome, and Martel’s pungent distillation of the work’s essence continually throws up surprises…

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