"Dieter Schnebel has written three works for string quartet -- the genre where the things we associate with the expression of civilized behavior were most concisely compressed, where living space was cultivated for sublime intimacy and the exchange of freedom-inspired ideas, where the craft of composition reached its finest efflorescence. Schnebel's dealings with the implications of this hallowed genre have brought forth quite distinctive works of art: all three are musical distillates with fully germinated seeds and novel offshoots. Streichquartett Im Raum ('String Quartet In Space') was composed in 2005-06 and premiered by the Quatuor Diotima in February 2008. Taking the miniaturized proportions of Webern's music as his guide, he composed his five brief Stücke ('Pieces') for string quartet in 1954-55, a full half-century before his other two quartets. Schnebel's Second String Quartet was written in 2006-07 to satisfy a commission for a specific occasion: the 45th annual congress of the International Psychanalytical Association, held in Berlin in 2007. The vocal part -- assembled by Schnebel himself from phonemes, scraps of memory and exclamations -- can be performed either by the musicians or by additional actors. Sounds, motifs and motions, time-bound pathways in space, retrospective dependencies: such is the essence of the art of Dieter Schnebel. Katarin Rasinski, Michael Hirsch, vocals; Quatuor Diotima, Naaman Sluchin, violin; Yun-Peng Zhao, violin; Franck Chevalier, viola; Pierre Morlet, cello." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.