Unconventional String Quartets


Hear a lot of new music for string quartet on this New Sounds.  Listen to Raz Mesinai's work for string quartet and four turntables and music by Steve Reich .  

Mesinai's piece is one in which the string instruments are recorded and then manipulated by DJs, resulting in a hybrid of composition and turntablism.  Then there’s Reich's haunting Triple Quartet, which can be a string section of 36 players, three string quartets, or string quartet and pre-recorded tape.   Also, hear music from Elvis Costello, from his partnership with the Brodsky Quartet , inspired by an Italian professor's decision to reply to the many thousands of letters written every year to Shakespeare’s fictional Juliet.  Plus, works by Bruno Letort, Johann Johannsson , and more.  

PROGRAM # 2919, New Music for String Quartet (First aired on Tues. 4/1/09)





Raz Mesinai

Dubwar Podcast 06

String Quartet for 4 Turntables, Part 1 [4:00]


Steve Reich / Kronos Quartet

Triple Quartet

Triple Quartet [14:00]

Nonesuch 79546

Procédé Rodesco -Letort

Volume Premier

Letort: Suite for String Quartet and Diverse Machines [11:00]

Tangram TC 3026 www.tangram-records.com or download from iTunes

Jóhann Jóhannsson


Petta Gerist a Bestu Baejum (It Happens In The Best Homes) [1:00]

Touch TO:52

Elvis Costello / the Brodsky Quartet

The Juliet Letters

Romeo’s Séance [3:30]

Warner Bros. 45180**
Available at Amazon.com or download from Amazon.com

Jóhann Jóhannsson


Salfraedingur (Psychologist) [3:30] Salfraedingur Salfraedingur Deyr (A Psychologist Dies) [3:00]

See above.

Raz Mesinai

Dubwar Podcast 06

String Quartet for 4 Turntables, Part 2 excerpt [3:00]

See above.