The Utrecht String Quartet
the long-established Utrecht players are in every way
outstanding" The Strad
top-class modern recording" (Tschaikovsky) Gramophone
S.Taneyev String Quintets: "One has to handle
it like a heavy weight and yet let is appear as though butterflies
are flying through the room The Utrecht String Quartet succeeds effortlessly.
Here the quality of a mature ensemble that still remains young inside
is shown". Deutschland Funk
"excellent joy in music-making and expressive élan" (Taneyev) Online Merkur.com
"The virtues of the Utrecht String Quartet:
the careful, transparent playing with only moderate pressure on the
"The Utrecht String Quartet plays with tragic greatness. This is a report by witnesses of the era". Crescendo
"It is a particular mixture of light-footedness
and strictness, but also of soulful warmth paired with contour-sharp
transparency that makes the Tchaikovsky-playing by the Utrecht String
Quartet so fascinating".
"The soulful and perfectly shaded opening
by impetuosity in the big and thrusting central theme, are indicative
of the wide -ranging mood changes and intensity of the USQ performance
as a whole.
the long-established Utrecht players are in every
way outstanding and enjoy superb sound quality. " The Strad
"... it was with Mozart and Shostakovich that
the Utrecht String Quartet showed their superiority. In both quartets
they sustained a superb ensemble blend and balance that pointed to
years of experience. The warm, rich-toned sonorities and fluid phrasing
realised the work's ( Glazunov - stringquartet Nor 3) glowing colours
and soulful Slavic nature, while strong dynamic contrasts and rhythmic
vibrancy added immense character to their interpretation." Murray
Black in The Australian
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"...the Utrecht String Quartet delivers livelyAllegros, wistful Adagios, cogent Scherzos, in delicate, elegant and simply very, very good performances." (Forbes.com: Best Classical Recordings 2014: Verhulst String Quartets, MDG)
The Utrecht String Quartet is known internationally for its versatile and dynamic approach. Resident in Amsterdam, the musical world of the Utrecht String Quartet is borderless and boundless, and whichever work its musicians choose to play in the genre of string-quartet music, it is their general policy to avoid any hint of treating them like museum exhibits. Even when it comes to traditional works, the musicians succeed, time and again, in discovering elements that can be interpreted anew, or in finding unusual concert locations in which to perform them. However, it is mainly because of their search for lost or forgotten repertoire and for their collaboration with contemporary composers that the members of the Utrecht String Quartet have gained their excellent reputation in the music world.
This versatility has featured strongly in the quartet's international tours, which have recently taken them to countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Australia and to the internationally famous Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. As reported by the Finnish daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat: "their performance is simultaneously intellectual, analytical and strongly expressive". In April 2000, the Utrecht String Quartet made its debut in England, at the Conway Hall in London, followed, in 2003, by a concert at the Wigmore Hall. The USQ has been a regular guest in London ever since.
In North America, the quartet made its Canadian debut at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa in 2010, and in the spring of 2011 its debut in the US when it appeared at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Its January 2013 tour included concerts in New York City (Frick Collection) and Cleveland.
In the Netherlands, the USQ takes part in all the important chamber music series; such as those at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at Vredenburg in Utrecht and at the Frits Philips Music Centre in Eindhoven, to name just a few. In addition, the four musicians have performed at the Palace on the Noordeinde in the Hague at the invitation of Queen Beatrix.
The Utrecht String Quartet has rediscovered the second string quartet by Dimitri Kabalevsky in his own edition and will record this together with the Kabalevsky's first quartet on MDG. This is an opportunity for the public to discover the work since this the first recording of the work since the 1993 Olympia recording which is no longer available.
The quartet is also active pedagogically. It is responsible for the
chamber-music class as the quartet-in-residence of the Utrecht Conservatory
and has established a successful collaborative relationship with other
notable chamber-music performers such as Pieter Wispelwey, Vladimir
Mendelssohn, Dmitri Ferschtman, Arno Bornkamp, Christianne Stotijn,
Pauline Oostenrijk, Ralph van Raat, Nobuko Imai, Isabelle van Keulen,
and Alexander Mazdar and Baritone Thomas Oliemans. In addition to
its extensive concert activities, the USQ also performs for radio
and television transmissions and for CD recordings. A sizeable collection
of its CDs have appeared on the MDG label. The most recent release
are the viola and cello quintets with Alexander Zemtsov, viola and
Pieter Wispelwey, cello. There have been excellent reviews of these
recordings in all the well-known music periodicals such as Gramophone,
BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare and the German periodical Fono Forum.
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