Friday, March 22, 2013

John Adams String Quartet - Attacca String Quartet 2013

John Adams (February 15, 1947-)
Performer: Attacca String Quartet
Label: Azica
Release: March 2013

John's Book of Alleged Dances for String Quartet and Prepared Piano
String Quartet no.1
String Quartet no.2
Fellow Traveller


The Attacca string quartet will released their new CD with John Adams complete work in string quartet. The quartet which is also busy with the Haydn project '68' is having a love affair with John Adams work in the genre. Here some of the notes taking from various website:

Time Out saysThu Mar 15 2012

Currently serving as the graduate resident string quartet at Juilliard, this vibrant young foursome ditches school and hits the club to celebrate its brilliant new CD, Fellow Traveler: The Complete String Quartet Works of John Adams, with the composer in the house for the party.

and a detail interview by The Glass:

In its 10th anniversary year, the intrepid Attacca Quartet releases its first commercial CD, Fellow Traveler: The Complete String Quartet Music of John Adams on Azica Records [ACD-71280] (Also being released on March 26th). Demonstrating what The Strad called “musical maturity far beyond its members’ years” and possessing “fierce dedication” (The New York Times) to new music, Attacca embarks on a journey through some of Adams’s most eclectic chamber scores on this high-spirited new disc.

In addition to the famously demanding String Quartet (2008) and John’s Book of Alleged Dances (a fantastical collection of 10 short pieces for string quartet and pre-recorded rhythm track), the disc includes the first ever recording of Adams’s five-minute tribute to Nixon in China/Dr. Atomic collaborator Peter Sellars. The album represents the culmination of several years of work on this music that began with the group’s first performance of the String Quartet at Alice Tully Hall in December 2009.

CM: Can you please talk about recording the first CD and why you chose to make it exclusively John Adams’s music?

In 2009, we were asked by the Juilliard School to play John Adams’ recently composed string quartet for both the St. Lawrence Quartet (who were premiering the work that month) and John Adams himself. Having worked with John on the piece, he asked us to give the Alice Tully Hall premiere of the work, after which we started to perform it frequently. We fell in love with the piece, and when we began to talk about ideas for a new album, the music of John Adams was a natural choice for all four of us. We were big fans of the Book of Alleged Dances, and we were happy to discover that the short piece for string quartet, “Fellow Traveler”, had never been recorded. We love to play John’s music, and audiences love to hear it. As one of the most successful and respected living American composers, he writes music that is compositionally brilliant and nuanced, but still has popular appeal–no small task. And as an American group, it is our pleasure to present music so wonderfully representative of that unique school of composition.

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excellent photo art by the string quartet in Lomo style
Attacca String Quartet

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