"In a staggering performance of Carter's overwhelming First Quartet (1951), the greatest 20th-century American work in that genre, the Borromeo String Quartet captured (and liberated) not only the marvelous sounds inspired by the Arizona desert near where Carter was then living -- the whirring, scurrying Allegro scorrevole and the mysterious, heart-stopping/time-stopping night world of the Adagio -- but also the questions of existence and perception (and self-perception) they pictorialize."
— Boston Phoenix
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