Terra (2017)

Anonymous, Schubert, Halffter, Ginastera, Bartók

Cuarteto Quiroga

“All music is folk music; I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.” The great Louis Armstrong’s lighthearted but lucid remark irrefutably under- mines the postmodern tendency to label every phenomenon and com- partmentalize – generally for some underlying ideological or commercial reason – the various different ways in which humanity expresses itself artistically. This reductionist trend has hit music particularly hard, with many styles having been undeservedly corralled into marginal spaces. The assumption seems to be that if bagpipes are involved it has to be “folk” music, if it’s a djembe then it’s “world” music, and guitars of course mean “POPular” music, but a Schubert-transcribed Ländler or a Haydn minuet automatically equates to “serious” or “classical” or “art” music. This assumption neatly sidesteps the fact that all composers were people – not animals, vegetables or minerals – and were therefore born into a particular sociocultural context and a particular place, ethnicity or nation. Had they been born elsewhere and nurtured by a different cultural substrate, their music would, inevitably, have been different. The musical works presented on this CD are not only the product of a particular place (true of every piece ever written, without exception), but also intentionally and unapologetically display their roots, taking folk-based materials as the earth from which they draw the neces- sary nutrients to cultivate bold, new avant-garde idioms. The journey begins with Bartók, a universal reference for all 20th- and 21st-century composers as regards this approach to composition, and places him alongside two truly fascinating gures of the Hispanic music world: Alberto Ginastera, an Argentinian of Catalan origins, and the Madrid- born Rodolfo Halffter, who left Spain for exile in Mexico at the end of the Civil War. The intriguing thing about the three works featured here is the amount they have in common, in terms of sonority, aesthetic and gesture, despite the fact that they stem from three different worlds. Comparing and contrasting these pieces is a fascinating listening ex- perience – above all, because it highlights their shared humanity, de- rived from their musical contact with the fertile Earth, mother to us all and source of our dreams and passions. Their speci c features reveal the universal nature of the different popular cultures of the world, whose diversity is the real treasure that humanizes all of us. 

Let yourself be carried away. Open your ears. Listen to the Earth. Immerse yourself in its sounds. Hear its music.

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Cuarteto Quiroga

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Aitor Hevia violin
Cibrán Sierra violin
Josep Puchades viola
Helena Poggio violoncello

The Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique  quartets of its generation. The quartet has won international acclaim from critics and  audiences alike for its distinctive personality as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire. 

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. 

Since its foundation, the Cuarteto Quiroga has studied with Professor Rainer Schmidt at  the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and the ProQuartet-CEMC, Prof. 

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, Johannes Meissl, Eberhard Feltz, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. 

Prizewinners of several major international string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Geneva, Fnapec-Paris, Palau Barcelona), the ensemble regularly appears at main halls and festivals in Europe and South America (Frick Collection New York, Wigmore HallLondon, Philarmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Les Invalides Paris, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Heidelberger Frühling, Davos Festival, Auditori de Barcelona, Washington DC’s National Gallery, Stockholm’s Nybrokajen, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, among others). The quartet has been recorded and broadcast by RNE, SWR2, SwedishRadio, FranceMusique, WDR, MEZZO TV, etc. Since season 2011-2012, the quartet has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid (Spain).

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Terra (2017)

Anonymous, Schubert, Halffter, Ginastera, Bartók

Cuarteto Quiroga

    Musicalifeiten, okt 2017

Aan de voortreffelijkheid van het Quiroga kwartet hoeft (weer) geen twijfel te bestaan.

Jan de Kruijff[read full review]

    The Strad, nov 2017

“Powerful passions smoulder in this folk-inspired programme", "Powerful account" #Bartók "with extreme colours, pagan vehemence & keen tragedy" #Ginastera "appropriately ferocious energy... splendid playing" #Halffter "played with grace & style”

Tim Hofray[read full review]

    Musiweb-international, nov 2017

Their playing is bold and powerful, but not savage, in that these performances are well-planned and highly controlled, sophisticated instead of primitive.

Richard Kraus[read full review]

    Stretto, okt 2017

Het Nederlands label Cobra bracht alweer een opvallende cd uit, dit keer met Strijkkwartetten vanuit verschillende, plaatselijke culturen. Met een productie van een achttal cd’s per jaar zal het Nederlands label de wereldmarkt niet beheersen. Maar kwalitatief kunnen hun cd’s met veel andere concurreren. De programma’s van hun cd’s zijn nl. altijd vanuit een originele en interessante uitvalhoek samengesteld. Elk van hun cd uitgaven heeft altijd wel een of ander verruimend en verrijkend thema of uitgangspunt met een duidelijke boodschap. Dit is niet anders met deze opvallende Terra cd.

Michel Dutrieue[read full review]

    Pizzicato, okt 2017 -

In the album Terra, the Quiroga Quartet combines works by the Hungarian Bela Bartok with compositions written by the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera and the Spaniard Rodolfo Halffter. Their compositions have absorbed elements from the traditional music without direct quotation. Cuarteto Quiroga’s performances demonstrate superlative skill and polish and sound remarkably fresh.

Uwe Krusch[read full review]

    Scherzo y Ritmo, okt 2017

"The Bartok performance of the Quiroga's is masterful, it's like an abandoned landscape, a nocturne that goes beyond the night, a flow that exceeds everything without the need for special effects." ===== "De Bartok uitvoering van de Quiroga’s is meesterlijk, het is als een verlaten landschap, een nocturne die verder gaat dan de nacht, een stroom die alles overtreft zonder dat er speciale effecten voor nodig zijn."

Santiago Martin Bermudez

    Beckmesser, aug 2017

"I will say that the Quiroga's are growing at a formidable speed. And I get the impression that they are doing it both individually and in a group. Their performance in this recording is simply prodigious. They sound incredibly well, and they are a source of music from the first second." ===== "No me extenderé mucho más, solo diré que los Quiroga están creciendo a una velocidad formidable. Y me da la impresión de que lo están haciendo tanto individualmente como en grupo. Sus interpretaciones en esta grabación son sencillamente prodigiosas. Suenan increíblemente bien, y son un manantial de música desde el primer segundo."

Pedro González Mira[read full review]

    Opus Klassiek, july 2017

"Drie kwartetten uit twee continenten (Europa en Zuid-Amerika), maar tegelijkertijd drie verschillende werelden die qua gestiek, esthetiek en klankweelde een wereld met elkaar delen. Dat met overtuiging over het voetlicht brengen lukt alleen een topensemble en dat is het Spaanse Cuarteto Quiroga zonder enig voorbehoud." "Volksmuziek en kunstmuziek, zij gaan door alle continenten heen. En uitgevoerd zoals hier klinkt het gewoon werelds!" ===== "Three quartets of two continents (Europe and South America), but at the same time three different worlds that share a world with one another, aesthetically and sound wise. Bringing this repertoire convincingly is only possible by a top ensemble, which is the Spanish Cuarteto Quiroga without any reservations." "Folk music and art music, they go through all continents. And performed like here it just sounds perfect!"

Aart van de Wal[read full review]

Terra (2017)

Anonymous, Schubert, Halffter, Ginastera, Bartók

Cuarteto Quiroga

Cables: Acoustic Revive
Digital Converters: dCS
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: WestVest90 Schiedam, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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String Quartet No.2, Op.17 - I.Moderato
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Galician Folksong - Panxolina para o Nadal de 1829
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