The exciting and adventurous BROOKLYN RIDER have created another masterful collaboration with PHILIP GLASS, releasing his “String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7” on Orange Mountain Music.

One of the most ardent and true purveyors of string quartet music in our time, Brooklyn Rider is a perfect match for the music of PHILIP GLASS. Whether blazing Balkan an gypsy music, collaborating with BELA FLECK, or leading us down the byways of modern composers, Brooklyn Rider is the best. – Gene Berger.


It’s often said that the distilled essence of composers can be heard in their string quartets. And so it is with Glass, whose quartets here show a craftsman of considerable invention. String Quartet No. 6 begins as a bustling burst of dense energy, its second movement beautifully meandering, rich, and complex. The single-movement String Quartet No. 7 is almost Beethovenian in its restless questioning. Arranged for string quartet (with two violas), the Saxophone Quartet is warmly scored and yet shows Glass at his most forensic, with each bar stunningly sculpted.



Richard Guerin, who oversees Glass’ massive musical legacy at Orange Mountain Music, writes about Brooklyn Rider and Glass coming together again for the first time since 2011 in a wonderful essay entitled GLASS NOTES: BROOKLYN RIDER AND THE MUSIC OF PHILIP GLASS:

“Glass hadn’t composed a numbered string quartet in 22 years before the 2013 premier of String Quartet No.6 in Vancouver.  No.6 is most definitely the most different quartet in Glass’ catalog.  Composed around the time of his opera The Lost (Spuren Der Verirrten) which plays openly on the European school of modernism of the 20th century, String Quartet No.6 is Glass most challenging and thorny piece in the medium.  It’s heavily layered and textured and follows no previously established model in the composer’s body of work.  It is a probing piece, one that looks for answers whether they are to be found or not.  It’s representative of a strain in Glass’ recent period of music which can be described as more musically active, densely harmonic, and bustling with a different kind of energy, more so than any of his music from the previous 50 years.



Apart from the proper string quartets, in 1995 Glass once again approached four part writing in his Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra. Part of that commission was to compose two versions: one for soloists and orchestra and a separate version for saxophone quartet alone. The piece has been popular to the point where saxophone quartets began making arrangements of Glass’ string quartets.  Brooklyn Rider decided to go the other way and for the first time to arrange Glass’ Saxophone Quartet for string quartet. It’s a wonderful arrangement and works well. The key to the piece opening itself to them happened when they decided to use two violas instead of two violins.

In a phone conversation in early 2014 Glass and I discussed the prospect of recording String Quartet No.6. At 24 minutes, the piece would not be long enough for a conventional album.  We considered what other music for quartet might be included in a possible recording.  I mentioned the music from Dracula as a concert suite or perhaps arrangement of music from his opera In the Penal Colony which is scored for string quintet.  Glass responded with, “How about String Quartet No.7?”  Confused, “I said what will String Quartet No.7 be?  When will you write it?”  Glass responded that it had already been written and was about to premiere as a dance piece in Amsterdam as part of the Colours International Dance Festival, performed by Kronos Quartet choreographed by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.

Now one needs to understand that I pay more attention to performances of Philip Glass’ music perhaps more than anyone else in the world as a fan and as part of my job. I enter every performance date into the calendar on Glass’ website.  I was totally unaware that this new piece had been written and was about to premiere.  But more than anything, it was surprising that after not having written a string quartet for over two decades, the composer had decided to write two within the period of a calendar year.  Whereas String Quartet No.6 was highly unusual and totally different than its predecessors, String Quartet No.7 stands in total contrast to its siblings.  The piece belongs firmly to what I think of as being characteristic of Glass’ “late” period along with pieces like Etude No.20, the final movement of the Second Partita for Solo Cello, and the finale of the recent Piano Concerto No.3

All of Glass’ quartets are in multiple movements.  String Quartet No.7 is the only piece in a single unified slow movement that is just under 17 minutes long.    String Quartet No.7 is some of the most honest and direct music Glass has ever written.  From the opening bars there’s a simplicity of discourse which lasts for the entirety of the piece.  To some extent, String Quartet No.5 and No.6 are pieces built on complexity.  They are forward looking pieces and they are pieces with something to prove.  String Quartet No.7 exists as a piece by an artist free of expectation of any kind. Free from history. Free from himself.



It’s this last point which I think is the most salient. No.5 was an attempt at touching upon that most serious subject of pure musicality.  No.6 is a loaded reaction, an epitaph to modernism.  No.7 is a kind of “late” music where perhaps nothing more should be said about a subject. It’s the last line of finality after which nothing else seems appropriate.  To that extent, the music lineage of what he started back in 1966 with No.1 came to a definite close with String Quartet No.7 and there could be no better ensemble to be exponents for this music than Brooklyn Rider.”

“String Quartets Nos 6 & 7” is in-stock now at Horizon Records, along with these other Brooklyn Rider titles.



  • TECHNICS SL-D202 turntable
    The semi-auto SL-D202 was introduced in 1981 as the replacement of the D2 model. They continued the tradition of employing a high quality direct drive motor and great sounding tone arm. The cue control was moved to the outside of the table for easier access. This turntable has been professionally […]
  • TECHNICS SLD2 TURNTABLE w/ custom paint job
    The semi-auto SL-D2 is the workhorse of the Technics family. Time has proven this model extremely reliable due to its high-quality direct drive motor and tone arm. This unit features a unique (and very handsome) custom paint job and has been professionally inspected, refurbished, lubricated and has […]
  • Yamaha 5-disc Carousel CD Player
    Tons of programming options and 18bit digital conversion (w/ 8 X oversampling)! Heavy duty unit and professionally inspected and refurbished!     […]
  • Thorens MM 008 Pre-amplifier
    Audiophile grade phono pre-amplifier, extremely clean sound and as reliable and well-constructed as they get! High versatility and ease of use: the MM 008 phono preamplifier can be adjusted to match the tonal characteristics of your pick-up cartridge, ranging from an MM setting to three different […]
  • Technics SLDD2 Turntable
    Technics direct drive quality at an affordable price! The great thing about Technics is they made quality affordable tables that were never “cheap”. This semi-auto SL-DD2 is one of the easiest turntables to operate. Simply move the tone arm over to start the record! This turntable has been […]
  • Technics SLD20 Turntable
    The semi-auto SL-D20 was the most popular of the p-mount turntables. They are ultra-reliable and feature a high-quality direct drive motor. This table has been thoroughly tested and is operating at 100%! Has been fitted with a like new audio technical stylus, Plug and play!       […]
  • Onkyo TX SR 876 Receiver
    Modern AV receiver with plenty of inputs and outputs and turntable READY with on-board phono pre-amplifier! Robust power for surround or otherwise at 140 watts PER CHANNEL! 140 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD. THX® Ultra2 Plus certification new THX listening modes for optimized […]
  • Haffler XL 280 Power Amplifier
    Legendary dedicated power amplifier, pure audiophile grade sound (No gain or tone control needed!), and near non-existent self noise! This is one of the very best amplifiers that Hafler made. It offers 145 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and is stable down to 1 ohm, offering 325 watts for short […]
  • Audio Research LS1 Line Stage Amplifier
    No tone adjustment needed, pure sound for the sound purist! The Audio Research LS1 Line Stage Amplifier is designed to accommodate music lovers who exclusively use line-level input sources — digital or analog — for the reproduction and enjoyment of music in their home audio systems. In technology, […]
    The BDP-S580 has built-in Wi-Fi and the best current lineup of streaming-media services, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Slacker, and CinemaNow! […]
    The Technics SL-D30 is a fantastic direct drive turntable featuring the same sound specifications as the SL-D3 model (Which is usually considerably higher in price) […]
    This unit has been completely refurbished including lubrication and calibration! Includes vintage Audio Technica cartridge with OEM stylus! […]
    The Technics SL-D3 is the FULLY AUTOMATIC version of the SL-D2 which is regarded as the workhorse of the Technics family. […]
    The Technics SL-D2 has been considered the workhorse of the Technics line of turntables for decades. […]
    The Technics SL-D1 turntable is a FULL MANUAL version of the legendary SL-D2, this model has been regarded as a “tank” and “indestructible” among hi-fi enthusiasts for decades. […]
    The Sansui S2000 speakers have been highly regarded in the hi-fi community for decades and for good reason! […]
    Very nice Blu-Ray player, with remote! Enjoy 3D Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p--also supports standard Blu-ray Disc movies in HD and upscales DVDs to near HD quality. […]
  • RCA 45-EY-2 45rpm TURNTABLE
    The RCA 45-EY-2 is an AC operated 3 tube automatic phonograph with mono amplifier and speaker.  The turntable is a 45 RPM, model RP-190-1, which holds up to twelve 7 inch fine groove records. Uses crystal pickup with medium output voltage. Also uses Qty(1) PM Elliptical 4″ x 6″ speaker. […]
    The BX-300 incorporates a wealth of original Nakamichi technology such as the Discrete Three Head system, a Direct Drive Asymmetrical, Diffused Resonance Dual Capstan Transport etc. […]
    This NAD 7020E is an absolutely rock solid receiver, 2x20watts and AM/FM receiver is perfect for bookshelf and medium sized speakers. To those familiar with the NAD 3020E Stereo Amp, this unit employs much of the same technology!       […]