Momenta Quartet at the Stone Reviewed


The concert, part of a two-week series programmed by the violinist David Fulmer, came with a clever title: “American Idyll,” a knowing pun on the ubiquitous pop-music competition television series. And like the potent recital by Conor Hanick that opened Mr. Fulmer’s series last week, this event showed that despite the passing of the John Cage centenary, Cage’s music continues to hold sway. Proof came in the concert’s concluding performance: a mesmerizing account of Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts (1950), its title a reference both to its structure and its participants. At times resembling medieval viol-consort music as daubed with a Japanese brush, the work is more rigorously constructed than it sounds: simple, plaintive motifs circle and recur, like fallen leaves caught in limpid pools.