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Johannes Brahms: String quartet Op.
51, no.1, in c-minor
October 5th, 6th & 7th, 2016
"Cuarteto Quiroga is no longer a young promise
but has become the standard to compare to. First of all, one is amazed
by how luxuriously well-finished everything is: each sound curve,
each filigree, no matter how subtle, are carefully polished. Secondly,
one must point out the internal cohesion of the ensemble, the perfection
of its machinery, assembled with the mastery of a clockmaker. And
finally, one should also add the most important thing, the soul of
these four performers which combines two consecutive virtues: the
concentration of the archer who aims at his target and the channeled
passion of the arrow that hits the bull's-eye. The excellence of this
quartet is not in the spectacularity, but in the fairness and coherence
of its artistic conception"
"Martha Argerich became a well cared master,
as the Cuarteto Quiroga knew where to bring her sound, less intimate
than the one offered previously by the quartet in an utterly elegant
and refined performance of Brahms' powerful First String Quartet.
The monumental, touching second movement of the Schumann quintet made
us think that they had played together for years (
) as the quartet
knew how to be on a level with the great master, who seemed to feel
at home with the Schumann"
"A beautiful musical marriage (
) The musicality
of the ensemble, its warm sound and the complicity between its members
made us enjoy Brahms Opus 51/1 with the stamp of quality and homogeneity.
Thanks to the counterpoint and the richness that the Quirogas offered,
one could taste the beauty of the symbiosis between the sweet and
blended sound of the Spanish quartet and the electrifying, free spirit
of the argentine pianist. A musical feast which nailed this immortal
masterpiece of chamber music [Schumann]. Ms. Argerich offered herself
like an uncut diamond, polished by the sweet voice of the Quirogas,
who knew how to rise to the occasion of the majestic challenge of
Schumann & Argerich. The 33rd concert season of Barcelona opened
with fire, with a concert to remember and which shall not be forgotten."
"Cuarteto Quiroga has become truly remarkable.
And you have to be so, in order to grow to the skies, at the hands
of Argerich, in a memorable evening with the Schumann quintet."
"The reading of Brahms by Cuarteto Quiroga was
so classic and elegant as the piece itself. The ensemble know well
this music -which they have recorded-, they enjoy playing together
and one can feel the mutual understanding between the four players
since the first attack. The subtleness of the third movement's ending
made the public applaud spontaneously (
) and then, they raised
again in standing ovation, for long applauses and cries of "bravi!"
by the end of the Schumann. One had the feeling to have witnessed
a concert which will be hard to forget."
"The adventure of Argerich with the Quirogas
is awakening passions in their tour with Schumann quintet (
Yesterday they had Barcelona's Palau gone into ecstasies (
setting the audience on fire with their expressivity and energy, delivering
the music with pure romanticism and freedom."
The interpretation of Schumann's Piano Quintet dazzled
with the energy, freshness and vigour that the pianist and four quartet
players gave it. The dialogues between Argerich and the four members
of the group, and the delivery of all the concertante moments that
all instruments display throughout the four movements of this great
romantic masterpiece, carried the enthusiastic audience shoulder-high
towards the apotheosis of the encore."
"They turned the Brahms quartet into a refined
study of textures and sonorities which revealed its ideal role as
a bridge between Beethoven and the Second Viennese School (
It was an extraordinary concert."
"The quartet managed to offer an austere, somberly
passionate climate which is so typical of Brahms. The best, however,
came out in the beautiful version of the second movement, delivered
with a self-contained emotion with sometimes got close, though cautiously,
to pathos. Still, and despite of such a good interpretation, the quartet
got on top even more when Argerich, at the piano, became the motor
of their Schumann performance, which was splendid: vividly concertante
) their reading of this great score was round, monumental and
fresh at the same time."
"After having enjoyed so much listening separately
to one of the living legends of piano and to a world-class string
quartet, Schumann favoured a synergy in which the combination becomes
unbeatable, because the result is much more than the addition of its
) An extraordinary evening, one of a kind, in which
great personalities of music offered us the best of themselves."
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Cuarteto Quiroga, quartet-in-residence in charge of the Royal Collection of decorated Stradivarius at Madrid's Royal Palace, has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation, winning international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its distinctive style as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire.
Prizewinners of several major international string quartet competitions
(Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Genève, Beijing, Fnapec-Paris, Palau
Barcelona), the ensemble regularly appears at main halls and festivals
in Europe; Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Les Invalides
Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional
Madrid, HeidelbergerFruhling, Davos Festival, Auditori de Barcelona,
Palau de la Musica, Stockholm's Nybrokajen, the Orlando Festival in
Holland, and the Americas; Frick Collection New York, National Gallery
Washington DC, Teatro Solis Montevideo and Buenos Aires, amongst others.
The quartet has been recorded and broadcast by RNE, SWR2, SwedishRadio,
BBC3, France Musique, WDR, Rai and MEZZO TV. In 2007, Cuarteto Quiroga
was awarded the Spanish National Radio Culture Prize (Premio Ojo Critico).
At present, the ensemble is Quartet-in-Residence at the Fundaciôn
Museo Cerralbo in Madrid and at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid.
In addition, its four members teach at the International Summer Academy
of Uanes (Asturias, Spain) and hold the String Quartet Chair at the
Conservatorio Superior de Mtisica de AragOn (Zaragoza, Spain). As
a result of its firm commitment to chamber music education,
During the 2013-2014 season, the quartet returned to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall in London, toured in Colombia and the US, and performed concerts in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Poland. In June of 2014, it completed a 6-concert residency at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, where it performed the entire op20 by Haydn, the six Mozart "Haydn-Quartets" and the complete works for quartet by Kurtag, including a premiere commissioned especially for this concert cycle. 2015-16 highlights include their successful debut at New York's Lincoln Center, performances in Paris London Geneva, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, and many more.
It's CD "Statements", recorded by Dutch label COBRA and dedicated to the music of Haydn, Webern and Sollima, was awarded the prize for "Best Classical Music Album 2012" by the Spanish Independent Producers Union and was acclaimed by the international press. The recording "(R)evolutions", dedicated to the early works of the Second Viennese school, is being praised by critics and audiences and has won distinctions such as the "Exceptional" label of Scherzo, Spain's leading magazine for classical music. Its recording of the Brahms String Quartets Opus 51 was released on COBRA in June 2015, and shortly thereafter the piano quintets of Turina and Granados with pianist Javier Perianes was released on Harmonia Mundi. Both Cds have garnered rave reviews.
Since its founding, Cuarteto Quiroga has studied with Professor Rainer Schmidt at the Escuela Superior de MCisica Reina Sofia in Madrid; the ProQuartet-CEMC, Professor Walter Levin at the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel; and Prof. Hatto Beyerle at the European Chamber Music Academy. The quartet has also been influenced by András Keller, Gyorgy Kurtág, Johannes Meissl, Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.
The group takes its name from the Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding string players in Spanish music history, together with Pau Casals and Pablo Sarasate.
Cibrán Sierra, with the other members of the Quartet, would
like to thank Paola Modiano's heirs for the generous opportunity to
play, in her memory, the 1682 Nicolô Amati violin "Arnold
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