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Classical Album of the Week: Jasper & Jupiter Quartets Play Mendelssohn, Visconti and Golijov

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May 3, 2021. The Jasper String Quartet and Jupiter String Quartet combine to express  joyful personal connections in chamber music with pieces composed centuries apart. Felix Mendelssohn’s masterful 1825 Octet in E flat major is joined by contemporary works by Dan Visconti and Osvaldo Golijov in our Classical Album of the Week.Complementing Mendelsson’s Octet is Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, written in 1996 as a tribute to Astor Piazzallo, which adds a bass to the sound of the quartets. The 2011 work, Eternal Breath, by Dan Visconti, was commissioned to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of parents of some of the musicians on this album. Visconti is also artistic director of Astral in Philadelphia.

Here's Visconti's Eternal Breath, which adds an Indian shurrti box to the conventional instrumentation.

Track List:

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major (1 to 4)

Dan Visconti: Eternal Breath (5)

Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round (6, 7)

The Jasper Quartet, based in Philadelphia, works with Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Jupiter Quartet is based in Urbana-Champagne, Illinois.

As senior producer of arts and culture, Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series, to which she also contributes weekly intermission interviews. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.