| Complete String Quartets
1. Gran Torso (1972) 21:38
For the JACK Quartet
— Helmut Lachenmann
The JACK Quartet follow up their acclaimed, best selling release of Iannis Xenakis’ complete string quartets (mode 209) with a disc devoted to another iconoclastic European composer, Helmut Lachenmann.
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 principles of music is about finding 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.
Also available on DVD, with full video, and stereo and surround sound options. Plus bonus documentary on performing Lachenmann’s music with the members of The JACK Quartet demonstrating, performing musical examples, and talking about the music’s challenges.
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