The Jasper String Quartet has spent a decade performing premier works old and new at top concert halls around the world, but for the creation of Unbound, they looked close to home for inspiration. With an equal mix of men and women, the members of the Quartet sought to create an album that represents themselves and their community. Using Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor” as a centerpiece — a virtuosic, dynamic piece that requires togetherness and spirit to perform — the Quartet built a collection of moving, post-genre, and technically impressive works by male and female composers close to their generation. An album for and reflective of right now, Unbound is unbound by convention, yet retains the performance quality expected of a traditional classically trained string quartet.
"We sought to find a set of pieces that were both enchanting on their own and together represent a cohesive aesthetic. From the immense technical challenges of Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor”, the meditative contemplation of David Lang’s “almost all the time”, to the raw emotion and vivid imagery of Missy Mazzoli’s “Death Valley Junction”, these pieces represent an incredible diversity of sound and style. Yet they all reside comfortably in this wonderful tradition of string quartets, of which we are lucky enough to be a part.” - The Jasper String Quartet
Released: March 17, 2017
The Jasper String Quartet breathes new life into this well-known late string quartet by one of the world’s most beloved composers in this exclusively digital release by Sono Luminus.
One of Beethoven’s personal favorite works, this quartet was dedicated to Baron Joseph von Stutterheim as a gesture of gratitude for taking his nephew Karl into the army. In this cyclical composition, Beethoven composes the quartet in six distinct key areas. Beginning in C sharp minor and ends in C sharp major, the finale directly quotes the opening fugue theme in the first movement in its second thematic area.
This digital release was made in high resolution at 24-bit, 192kHz.
Released: June 24, 2014
Catalog Num: SL-D-972023
Sono Luminus is proud to bring you the second CD from The Jasper String Quartet, The Kernis Project: Schubert, pairing the celestial works of Aaron Jay Kernis and Franz Schubert. This enchanting project is the follow-up to their previous release, The Kernis Project: Beethoven (DSL-92142).
Not only do Schubert and Kernis both ruminate in the angelic and spiritual realms for these works, their overall compositional structures are strikingly similar. Both feature monumental opening movements, transcendent slow movements, short and driving scherzos, and devilish finales. Though different in many respects, these two works garner startling parallels despite the 166 years between them.
Released: May 1, 2012
Catalog Num: DSL-92152
Sono Luminus is proud to introduce a stunning new talent to the label, The Jasper String Quartet, with their debut album The Kernis Project: Beethoven. For this debut recording, they chose two pieces closest to their collective heart. Aaron Jay Kernis took quartet writing to the next level when writing his Pulitzer Prize winning Quartet No. 2 “musica instrumentalis”. The first two movements take inspiration from Baroque and Renaissance dance forms and the last movement is directly influenced by the joyous fugue of Beethoven’s Op. 59 No. 3. With his last “Razumovsky” Quartet, Beethoven began his transformation into the most revered quartet composer of all time. The two pieces share a profound depth of expression and expansion of the possibilities of the quartet genre, making them a perfect pair for this project.
Released: October 1, 2011
Catalog Num: DSL-92142