Gotham Lullaby

I love the Brodsky Quartet, and when they joined forces with pop singers like Björk and Elvis Costello on an earlier album, magic happened. But when the Brodsky’s new disc Moodswings arrived, I found myself skipping over all the pop-artist pairings to Meredith Monk’s Gotham Lullaby, and then I was stuck there hitting repeat for quite some time. Written in 1975, this wordless lullaby may have lost some its radical impact, but none of its loveliness. Monk said that recording it with the quartet was an “unforgettable experience,” and so is listening.

—MS

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