#3686: New Music for String Quartet

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Hear unusual music for string quartet on this program, as Australian composer Andrew Byrne, now based in New York, uses the string quartet as a percussion instrument in his work called “Striking.”

Then, listen to Bang on a Can All-Star saxman, clarinetist and composer Ken Thomson’s work for the JACK Quartet, “THAW.” There’s also folk-informed music from the singer, songwriter and composer Aoife O'Donovan as played by Brooklyn Rider. Hear string quartet music by multi-instrumentalist composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, who plays a traditional Vietnamese string instrument on “Green River Delta,” in collaboration with Kronos Quartet. Plus, hear a work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams that uses the string quartet as an ambient music ensemble, relying upon harmonics and on tones played on open strings. That, and more.

PROGRAM #3686 Music for String Quartet (First aired on 1/21/2015)  

ARTIST: Ken Thomson (JACK quartet)
WORK: Thaw, excerpt [1:41]
RECORDING: THAW
SOURCE: Cantaloupe Records 21095
INFO: bangonacan.org

ARTIST: Members of Either/Or Ensemble
WORK: Andrew Byrne: Striking Parts 1 & 2 [7:32]
RECORDING: Striking; Whispers and Cries
SOURCE/INFO: Available for purchase directly through composer here: andrewbyrne.com

ARTIST: JACK Quartet
WORK: John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places - Above Sunset Pass [7:24]
RECORDING: John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places
SOURCE: Cold Blue Music CBM 41
INFO: coldbluemusic.com

ARTIST: Ken Thomson (JACK quartet)
WORK: THAW: Thaw [10:55]
RECORDING: THAW
SOURCE: Cantaloupe Records 21095
INFO: bangonacan.org

ARTIST: Brooklyn Rider
WORK: Aoife O'Donovan: Show Me [4:56]
RECORDING: Almanac
SOURCE: Mercury Classics / In A Circle Records #002159302 
INFO: mercuryclassics.com, available at iTunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com

ARTIST: Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ with Kronos Quartet
WORK: Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ: Green River Delta/Luu Thuy Truong [4:40]
RECORDING: Three-Mountain Pass
SOURCE: Innova 866
INFO: innova.mu  

ARTIST: Members of Either/Or Ensemble
WORK: Andrew Byrne: Striking Parts 3 & 4 [8:30]
RECORDING: Striking; Whispers and Cries
SOURCE/INFO: Available for purchase directly through composer here: andrewbyrne.com