Ben Johnston: The Complete String Quartets
Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 9
Ben Johnston's ten string quartets are among the most fascinating collections of work ever produced by an American composer. And yet they have, for decades now, remained more known about than known, more talked about than played. The Kepler Quartet's three disc series of recordings, prepared with Johnston's active support and supervision, offer lively and scrupulously accurate readings that unlock the door to these marvelous pieces.
Ben Johnston: String Quartets 6, 7, & 8
The ten string quartets of Ben Johnston, written between 1951 and 1995, constitute no less than an attempt to revolutionize the medium... The completion of the cycle, supervised throughout by the composer himself, is a historic achievement that will undoubtedly stand as the definitive document of these works, among the landmark quartet cycles of 20th-century music.
Recent Press & Reviews
New World Records #80730-2
Final recording session, 2016. Ric Probst, Ben, Sharan Leventhal, Karl Levine, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Leigh Cross. Photo taken at Tanner/Monagle Studios by Ross Monagle.
The Kepler Quartet in the studio, 2006.
Photo by Ashley O'Dell.
John Cage & Ben Johnston at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1983.
Photo courtesy of a friend.
Alvin Lucier & Ben Johnston at a New Music America conference, 1982. Photo by Peter Gena.
Ben Johnston with Harry Partch, 1974. Taken at Partch's house in San Diego several months before his death. Photo by Gary Kvistad.
Ben Johnston with Lejaren Hiller, 1963, in the University of Champagne-Urbana electronics lab.
Ben Johnston, circa 1962.
Ben Johnston, circa 1936.
Worksheet for Suite for Microtonal Piano, 1977. From the Johnston Archives at Northwestern University. Photo by Jon Roy.
Ben Johnston at Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, 2013.
Photo by Jon Roy.
1 - 11