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Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath / The New York Times: Artsbeat Classical Playlist

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Strings, flute, oboe, clarinet and piano are among the instruments Richard Reed Parry, a longtime member of the progressive rock band Arcade Fire, makes use of on this quiet, hypnotic album, Music For Heart And Breath. Add to that: stethoscopes. Mr. Parry's music is dictated by the involuntary rhythms of the human body - the performers' breath and pulse - which gives a delicate beauty and subtle hum to this meditative music. The fine ensemble of musicians includes the Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly on piano and celesta, and the violist Nadia Sirota, among others.-Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim