"Ravishingly expressive" - New York Classical Review of "Das Lied"

The New York Classical Review's George Grella reviewed the Argento Chamber Ensemble's 1/17/15 concert at the Park Avenue Armory featuring Threshold by young composer Jesse Jones, and a revamped arrangement of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde." 

"The woodwind playing was marvelous, and clarinetist Carol McGonnell and flutist Lance Suzuki were ravishingly expressive in “Der Abschied.” After Beattie sang the line “Mein Herz ist müde” in “Der Einsame,” violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron responded by playing her short, ascending solo with an uncannily eerie hollow timbre.

The classical tradition is an ongoing continuum, with new music built upon the past, and the way to honor the past is to make it alive again in the present. Major orchestras routinely play Mahler with affecting skill and musicality, but there is nothing routine about the Argento Ensemble’s Mahler, and their remarkable spark of life they gave the music Thursday night should be the goal of every classical concert."