Cuarteto Quiroga Cuarteto Quiroga



Release Date: 1st November 2015
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Why does a composer write a string quartet?

Why does he choose a specific key? What lies behind the decision to use certain forms or structures? Are there any hidden meanings – between notes, chords, cadences – which go beyond the strictly musical content? Can music be a Statement of anything else than music?

This CD suggests that the answer might be yes, that there is something beyond the strictly musical, that there are certain works whose aesthetic message trascends its sonic material, that writing music is, or should be, a Statement whose rhetorical content is forged among keys, motives, chords, beautiful shapes and achievements, albeit surpassing them all. And, most specifically, that string quartet music is – and has been since quartet exists as a genre –, a Statement in which composers reveal their craftmanship and inspiration: they commit themselves to take action and thus produce a sort of aesthetic manifesto.

We conceive of the works that we have chosen for this CD as references and paradigmatic examples of musical statements. By synchronising this four musical Statements together, as if a diachronic 4-part musical conversation was being held, perhaps we are trying to outline our own and intimate Statement about our idea of what a String Quartet is. Rather than a genre or an ensemble, a string quartet seems to claim to be – in these compositions and through all music history – the ideological labora-ory of Modernity’s musical aesthetics, where the audacious and undaunted experiments that put into conflict and conversation form and content, open a dialectics of magical spaces which propose a poetry both intimate and universal.

And in this Statement of love for string quartet as the art of challenge and shelter of the most nonconformist instrumental praxis, we humbly want to pay homage to the precious legacy that was handed to us from our dear teachers, who shared a concept of String Quartet that went beyond music, understanding it as an outstanding cultural phenomenon: laboratory of a diverse society, testimony of our European culture, challenge for our future ways.

A Statement of gratitude, but most importantly, one of commitment.

– Cibrán Sierra, Cuarteto Quiroga

Album Review

“Target in full. If in a first listenting this cd strikes you positively for the outstanding techincal level of the four players, the initial surprise becomes a bigger enjoyment with further listentings. The quartet displays a truly overwhelming versatility. Haydn delivered with freshness and conviction (…), the contrast with Webern is styilistically admirable (…), the consecutive listening of both works is maybe the biggest of all of this record’s discoveries. Magnificent is also the depiction of Webern’s Five Pieces op.5 and rounding up such an outstanding presentation, the wolrd first recording of Sollima offers rhythmic outburst hand by hand with imagination. Sensational debut recording. True congratulations.”
- SCHERZO (Spain)
“It is virtually unimaginable how easily the tones flow from the hands of the Cuarteto Quiroga, which is named after that other Spanish virtuoso alongside Pau Casals and Pablo de Sarasate. Haydn, Webern (before and after his breach with tonality!), Sollima: larger differences in style are hardly conceivable, but the Quiroga does not flinch from the task; we just hear a string quartet playing of a rarely heard beauty. Enjoy it then, because at last Haydn no longer sounds as the first course of a largely romantic programme, but receives the attention which he deserves as the supporting pillar of this very special genre. Just that is Statement in itself.”
- KLASSIEKE ZAKEN (Netherlands)
“Few String quartets manage to achieve such a sophisticated, meticulous sound as the Cuarteto Quiroga on their debut CD (…) which can be listened to as an aesthetic manifesto. (…) One could not wish anything more in terms of unitiy and insight into performance.”
- DE VOLKSKRANT (Netherlands)
“The Cuarteto Quiroga has just recorded a beautiful and excellent CD. A truly successful combination of elegance and good taste”
- RITMO (Spain)
“Here you have performances of the highest possible level”
- BABELIA (El País)
“A true Statement. An elegant and supple performace of Haydn, with a flawless intonation. A Langsamer Satz of voluptuous sounds in the thicker moments, deliciously meaty in the greyish lines of the cello and crystal clear in the flautati and pizzicati. In Webern’s op. 5 the Quirogas deploy meticulous precission and aesthetic communion. It is worth to have this CD, not only for its interpretative quality but also for the pleasure of owning the cd debut of a string quartet which will surely bring us even better recordings.”
“Welcome to the trenches: the splendid Cuarteto Quiroga shows off his versatility and sonic richness. Magnificent and exciting the consecutive listenting of Haydn and Webern. A debut CD to be praised and saluted in the battlefield of discography”
“A recorded adventure to be acclaimed. A truly agile, refreshing and transparent interpretation: just as it should be.”
- EL CULTURAL (El Mundo)