Intimate Sketches is the debut album of Agathe Ensemble. It contains original versions of piano miniatures by composers L. Janáček, B. Bartók and D. Shostakovich, by the present, carefully reinterpreted on string quartet and duo. Given that the entire music selection was originally written for the piano, the nature and qualities of the string instruments allow it to flow in slightly different paths.
Many of these compositions offer intimate glimpses into the composers’ life, as if torn from the pages of a diary, or intended as fragments for a masterpiece that never materialized. Others evoke a lighter spirit, recalling their own local folk music flavors.
Aleksandra Kwiatkowska, Violin
Ella van der Mespel, Violin
Almudena González-Regueral, Viola
Iván Nogueira, Cello
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:56:01
Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
|Original Recording Format|
WestVest90 Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands
|Release Date||October 27, 2023|
This is the debut recording for the string quartet, Agathe Ensemble. And a nice introduction it is! …The Agathe Ensemble perform with a commitment and pleasure in their music-making that is infectious. This is a recital to which we have been invited to share a couch and listen it. There is nothing stiff and formal—it is a relaxed, occasionally playful, and intimate (there’s that word again!) affair throughout. Thoroughly enjoyable and to be enjoyed!
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