San Francisco Chronicle Reviews Gershwin & Kern

Alexander String Gershwin & Kern Cover ArtJoshua Kosman of The San Francisco Chronicle with a review for our new release Gershwin & Kern:

“…it’s striking and invigorating to hear some of [Gershwin and Kern’s] familiar songs in these beautiful arrangements, suavely and soulfully played by the Alexander String Quartet. The gem of this set is Carl Davis’ adaptation of four songs from “Porgy and Bess” for string quartet and clarinet. They’re jazzy, intricate and wonderfully varied, with the clarinet – the dexterous Catalan virtuoso Joan Enric Lluna – serving now as substitute vocalist, now as part of a contrapuntal web…The Jerome Kern songs…(including “All the Things You Are,” “Bill” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) are masterpieces of concise expressiveness, and the quartet delivers each one with tender urgency. Gershwin’s “Lullaby” for String Quartet makes an alluring closer.” — The San Francisco Chronicle

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