„The title Release not only refer to the liberating feeling that the opening of the Elbphilharmonie creates in the whole city of Hamburg and in the international music world. The title describes more than the release of sounds. The dedication to the famous American sex therapist Barbara Carrellas refers to the liberating experiences that Georg Friedrich Haas has made with his new wife Mollena Lee Williams-Haas in the past years in New York.
In several major interviews Haas has described how the discovery of his long-suppressed sexuality led to a personal and artistic release. He has also laid bare his own dark family history without excusing it, again acknowledging his abysses.
The fact that Haas has decided to publicly negotiate these private themes is probably directly related to his ethos as an artist: as a person who, with his life and his work, exemplifies and fights for the threatened utopia of freedom. This struggle, experienced through the ecstatic qualities emanating from the composer’s intensive overtone play, can release the listener as well. “Ins Hoffene”, Hölderlin would have said. No need to fear the threshold.”