For their debut release on Rattle, Jade String Quartet has produced a terrific album of contemporary music, featuring some of New Zealand's finest composers.
Rich in variety, colour, mood, and texture, beautifully performed, produced, and engineered, Jade String Quartet’s Parlour Games is set to be one of Rattle’s strongest releases of 2017. In a year that has seen the label schedule no less than 15 recordings of original music, of which this is the tenth, and all of which feature strong performances and substantial writing, this debut release from Jade is special indeed.
Formed in 2003, JSQ is an established ensemble on the NZ chamber music scene, comprised of principal and sub-principal members of the APO (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra).
The Jade Concert Series at the Pah Homestead has been a regular feature on the Auckland music calendar since 2011. In addition, the ensemble tours for Chamber Music NZ and Arts on Tour NZ, and give numerous concerts for North Island Music Societies. They also give school concerts in and around Auckland, and are involved in mentoring through the APO education programme.
“We simply adore the commissions on this album, all written by great New Zealand composers, and displaying extraordinary range, variety, and colour. And some of them seriously test us! There are some fiendishly difficult moments in almost all of the music on this album, but we have simply loved facing the challenge. Being given the opportunity to record and release this material on Rattle is fantastic, and we’re very grateful to Creative New Zealand, the Sir James Wallace and the Wallace Foundation, and the good folk at Rattle for helping to make this project happen”. — Jade
released September 8, 2017
Performed by Jade String Quartet:
Miranda Adams (violin)
William Hanfling (violin)
Robert Ashworth (viola)
David Garner (cello)
Produced by Jade String Quartet
Engineered by Steve Garden
Assisted by John Kim
Designed by UnkleFranc
Printed by Studio Q