Carter’s writing for strings is full of finesse and abundantly pollinated by cross-cultural listenings. Most of this music’s character is centred around unfrequent tonalities and profound dialectics among the participants; thematic sketches are not used as a mere starting point, instead becoming a relevant part of the following developments. Invalidating the norm according to which string ensembles are one of the hardest tests for the average public, Carter – here flanked by Carlos Zingaro, François Dreno, Albrecht Maurer and Emmanuelle Roch – repays our attention with imaginative fluttering pictures of delicate animations and also – if the circumstance requires it – with an inappeasable quest for wheezy ciphers of dissonant hobnobbing. “A ballad”, closing the record, perfectly summarizes the enormous talent of this riveting artist.