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Brooklyn Rider joins Gabriel Kahane for - The Fiction Issue / New York Times review

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Gabriel Kahane poses a timeless rhetorical question in "The Fiction Issue," his finely wrought new album: "What's a day without a doughnut?" He's singing in the guise of someone headed out for coffee, bathed in bright morning light. But the darkening shivers of his arrangement for string quartet, played by Brooklyn Rider, set up an emotional pivot: He's still numb from a wrenching loss, and his daily routine provides only meager distraction.

Mr. Kahane is deeply in his element here, sketching vignettes with ruminative grace. He wrote "The Fiction Issue," the six-part song cycle at the heart of his album, as a Carnegie Hall commission for voices and strings. Shara Worden (who records as My Brightest Diamond) is the other vocalist, her chamber operatic soprano offset by Mr. Kahane's conversational baritone, singing a series of art songs that can just as readily evoke Robert Schumann as Paul Simon.  

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