One of our favorites, JSQ - which has performed Mendelssohn Octet with Esterhazy Quartet in our series in 2008 - announces the release of their debut album, The Kernis Project: Beethoven, featuring Beethoven Op. 59 No. 3 and Kernis No. 2 "musica instrumentalis". This is the first in a set of recordings on the Sono Luminus label that pair Kernis' magnificent quartets with their influences. Here's what JSQ has said about the project: "We greatly enjoy performing these works and feel fortunate to be able to record them for our first albums. Working with Mr. Kernis on his compositions has been enlightening and we would like to thank Astral Artists and everyone else who made this possible." This December, JSQ will record the second disc with Schubert "Death and the Maiden and Kernis No. 1 "musica celestis".