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by Terrell Kent Holmes
The Branch Will Not Break is an impressive collection of musical episodes. To call them songs would be somewhat inaccurate, because they're closer to tone poems or paintings with notes. And this splendid trio--Carrie Shull on oboe and English horn, Tara Flandreau on viola, and Reuben Radding on double bass--is like a collective Jackson Pollock, working on a canvas that barely contains the energy of their ideas.The opening title tune suggests a traditional symphonic warmup, but the conventional ...read more