CLASSICAL NEW MUSIC
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, "Green Ground" performed by Kronos Quartet and Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices (Da Capo)
Under any circumstances, a new record by the Kronos Quartet or Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices is worth attending to. Put the two together and that's even more true. And now, for a couple of pieces by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, base a half hour of it on "a famous old ground that (was) used by Johan Pachelbel in his well-known canon."
In the words of notater Andrew Mellor, on top of that ground, the resultant "discourse becomes ever more complicated and outlandish and, in this case, fractious, flailing, scared and animalistic." And, as outrageous as it is to put old Pachelbel on the run this way, it's also exhilarating and crazily compelling. This is why it is ALWAYS necessary to keep up with what the Kronos Quartet and Hillier's Theater of Voices do.
3 stars (out of four)