Ari Streisfeld, violin
Chris Otto, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Kevin McFarland, cello
Helmut Lachenmann has created a unique sound world which he refers to as "instrumental musique concrete." It is a world where the musical atom is not the note but the sound, which may be drawn from the instrument in all kinds of unusual ways.
Strange as the soundscape may be, Lachenmann believes that the fundamental principle of music is about finding the shape and continuity, about revealing the unexpected and touching the familiar, and that the string quartet, in particular, is about conversation.
Even through all the use of extended techniques, this is still a music of gestures, phrases, even melodies.
The JACK Quartet, specialists in new music, are the perfect performers for such repertoire. This recording is endorsed by the composer.
Liner notes by Paul Griffiths.