The Triple Quartet already exists in several forms, one of which is the version for 36 string players presented here. It successfully transforms the work into an elegant, expositional, suite-like creation, which would make a superb introduction to the composer for any new listener with a grounding in the more mainstream repertoire for string orchestra. To my ear at least The Four Sections, based as the name implies on the four sections of the orchestra, has never been a total success, its construction perhaps constituting one process too many; nevertheless, this interpretation is attractive enough.
While Different Trains suffers a little from sonic overcrowding, overall the sound is good. The previous recorded versions of the first two works are of the alternative executions (Kronos Quartet on Nonesuch), so for collectors I’m afraid it has to be both and rather than either or. Roger Thomas PERFORMANCE £14.99