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Beethoven: Quartet Op. 59/3; Kernis: Quartet No. 2 "Musica Instrumentalis" / Jasper String Quartet

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky"
>Kernis, Aaron J. : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("musica instrumentalis")

Notes & Reviews:

Sono Luminus is proud to introduce a stunning new talent to the label, The Jasper String Quartet, with their debut album The Kernis Project: Beethoven. For this debut recording, they chose two pieces closest to their collective heart. Aaron Jay Kernis took quartet writing to the next level when writing his Pulitzer Prize winning Quartet No. 2 "musica instrumentalis". The first two movements take inspiration from Baroque and Renaissance dance forms and the last movement is directly influenced by the joyous fugue of Beethoven's Op. 59 No. 3. The two pieces share a depth of expression and growth of the possibilities of the quartet genre.

This goes right to the very top of my A-list of Beethoven quartet recordings. It will be a terrible waste of the ensemble's talents, and our loss, if Sono Luminus does not put the Jasper String Quartet to work immediately... this receives my strongest recommendation.

The WholeNote
the real treasure here is the Kernis...an absolute stunner: deep, strong, rich,accessible. There are shades of Shostakovich in the slow movement, and the finale - "Double Triple Gigue Fugue (after Beethoven)" - is truly exhilarating. How reassuring - and what a thrill - to hear contemporary works that can hold their own against the classics.

American Record Guide
the joy of sophisticated music making in both pieces is clearly comparable... the group's playing is appropriately exhilarating.

The influence of one musical master on others of subsequent generations cannot be overstated. This influence may reach forward a couple of years, or a couple of centuries. On their Sono Luminus album, the Jasper String Quartet celebrates this lineage as it appears in some of the string quartet literature, a genre which has inspired great advances and innovation while still remembering its roots. The Jasper SQ members deliver striking performances... Their sound is lean and focused, offering a clear picture of active inner voices...

MusicWeb International
The Jasper Quartet formed over a mutual love of Beethoven's quartet Op 59 No 3, and you can tell in a performance that seems boundlessly energetic, passionate, and committed. They revel, too, in a worthwhile 1997 quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis which is partly inspired by the Beethoven. One of the ensembles of the future.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus, Boyce, VA (05/07/2011-05/09/2011).


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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky"
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, VA (05/07/2011-05/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Kernis, Aaron J. : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("musica instrumentalis")
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, VA (05/07/2011-05/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1998