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1 November 1999
By David Lewis in Cadence #25:11 (USA), November 1, 1999

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“Wiens’s interplay with Goldstein and the inventive textures he adds… are what make such absorbing and rewarding listening.”

Composer and violin player Malcolm Goldstein is being recorded with increasing freguency and exhibits some of his most aggressive playing to date. In contrast percussionist John Heward performs with comparative restraint and sounds virtually absent from Trio 3. His only conventional performance is during the dynamic drive of Trio 5. Heward’s minimalism supplies crucial creative tension and space to a project that magnifies the input of Goldstein and Wiens. From the bell-like sononties that introduce Trio 6 to a timbre like steel drums in Trio 3, the prepared guitar of Rainer Wiens plays a pivotal role. His interplay with Goldstein and the inventive textures he adds to Trio 3, Trio 4, Trio 5 and Duo 1 are what make such absorbing and rewarding listening.

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