This cd contains all of Louis Andriessen's music for string quartet, beginning with a bit of modernist juvenalia he wrote in 1957 at age 18. Next comes Facing Death (1990), for amplified instruments, which is largely a paraphrase of Charlie Parker's Ornithology and works until it stops quoting Parker. Then there's Garden of Eros, which matches, beat for beat, the syllables of a poem. And in the final spot is the completion of a Stravinsky draft of a quartet version of a Bach keyboard prelude, which simply makes me ask why such a thing is necessary.
Miserere, the penultimate work, is the only one here with the four equal voices of a genuine string quartet, and the only one that sounds like the post-minimalist Andriessen that some of us know and love. The Schoenberg Quartet does a creditable job with the material, but all in all, I conclude that the string quartet is not Andriessen's metier. This disc is recommendable only to completists like me.