Bonus Track: JACK Quartet Performs Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 9

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

JACK Quartet performs Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 9 (courtesy of author)

Meet the Composer is thrilled to bring you a world-premiere recording as our first bonus track of Season Three!

Our previous episode The Performer: Part One featured, among other things, a really fascinating conversation with the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (if you haven’t heard the episode yet, go check it out!). As we are a talk show about music, we are always dying to simply play some music, and so today we bring you our exclusive, first recording of Haas’ 9th String Quartet. The whole thing! Featuring the fantastic JACK Quartet.

The JACK Quartet has spent years performing and championing an older piece of Haas’, his 3rd String Quartet. They played it so well, in fact, Haas decided to write his 9th quartet specifically for the JACKs, taking full advantage of their superpower: just intonation. So we figured, what could be better than having the JACKs over to Q2 Music to bring this piece to life?

Like his 3rd String Quartet, this piece comes with an unusual stipulation: it is to be performed in complete, india ink, can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face darkness. So turn out the lights and join Meet the Composer and the JACKs for the first-ever recording of this spectacular piece of oddly-tuned awesome. –Nadia Sirota

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Produced by:

Meade Bernard and Jon Hanrahan

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