PENTATONE - April Releases
 
 

In April, PENTATONE releases four enthralling additions to their catalogue: Beethoven/Hillborg with the Calder Quartet, Tchaikovsky Treasures with Guy Braunstein, Kirill Karabits and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dido & Aeneazz with Eric Vloeimans, Jasper van Hulten, Gulli Gudmundsson and Calefax and Rossini / OPL with Eleonora Buratto, Sara Mingardo, Kenneth Tarver, Luca Pisaroni, Tobias Berndt, Gustavo Gimeno ,Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg and Wiener Singakademie

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LA TIMES - The Calder Quartet rolls along with Beethoven

...The players relied on what they are particularly good at, namely, producing a beautifully rounded and unified sound, as well as showing a generous sense of musical camaraderie, as the quartet did — slyly, it so happened — for the opening of Opus 18, No. 1.What at first seemed a fine demonstration of Classical period balance, grace and good sense was only a setup. When the players then ripped into the development section with an infectious enthusiasm, they made visceral Beethoven’s revolutionary spirit...Download PDFFull Article

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WASHINGTON POST - Intimate setting suits performance of works by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg

...In the “Kongsgaard Variations” (built around the gorgeous “Arietta” theme from Beethoven’s last piano sonata, Op. 111), Hillborg channeled Beethoven’s dramatic lyricism in a free-flowing meta style that slipped effortlessly from Renaissance dances to the ultramodern coda that closed the work. The Calder Quartet turned in an expressive and deeply felt performance, as they did with the seven dark, meditative movements of Hillborg’s 2007 “Heisenberg Miniatures.”...Download PDF | Full Article

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LIMELIGHT - Calder Quartet (Utzon Room Series)

★★★★½Cutting edge Beethoven from La La Land foursome.Utzon Room, Sydney Opera HouseFebruary 26, 2017Sydney’s crème de la crème Utzon Series chamber music season got under way in stylish fashion with a beautifully structured and compelling performance of Beethoven’s own favourite of his 16 quartets, the C sharp minor Op. 131, by the American Calder Quartet...Download PDFFull Article

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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN - Classic strings to their bows

Beethoven and Beyond5 starsCalder QuartetWinthrop HallREVIEW WILLIAM YEOMANThis group of three concerts, performed across as many days from Friday through to Sunday as part of PIAF’s Chamber Music Series curated by Yarmila Alfonzetti, showcased the talents of one of today’s leading string quartets, LA-based Calder Quartet. It also showcased the genius of Beethoven at its most refined and intimate, alongside the unique, vital voices of three leading contemporary composers...Download PDF Full Article

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WALL STREET JOURNAL - Training Tips for a Marathon Musical Performance

...This Saturday, lovers of modern classical music get their own endurance event at the Met Cloisters, when the Calder Quartet offers a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s 1983 piece “String Quartet No. 2.” With a duration that can stretch beyond six hours, the 124-page, fully notated score is a puzzle, a brain teaser, a feat of strength and an endurance test—of the physical and mental limits of its players and its audience...Download PDF | Full Article

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NEW YORK TIMES - Exploring a Cathartic Moment in a Lengthy String Quartet

A funny notion, selecting a single, favorite page from Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2. After all, this 1983 opus of titanic duration and fearsome reputation can last anywhere from under four hours to over six, depending on repeats and tempo. Requiring unyielding concentration and unceasing precision to fulfill the composer’s demands, it pushes the bounds of what is physically possible...Download PDF Full Article

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CLASSICAL VOICE AMERICA - Destined For Met, Eerie Angel Bows At Salzburg Fest

...Adès was at the center of a chamber concert the following evening at the Mozarteum featuring the Calder Quartet. The composer joined them for his Piano Quintet, creating floating, impressionistic atmospheres that are juxtaposed with the strings in Ivesian fashion. His grotesque harmonies and melodies underscore the sensation of seeing the music through a prism, as the musicologist Richard Taruskin noted early on, evoking surrealism. The Calder players were so homogeneous in texture and rhythm that they at one point resembled a glass harmonica.They were just as outstanding in the string quartet Arcadiana, which features a macabre tango, a heartbreaking allusion to Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and a final movement, “Lethe” (the river of forgetfulness in Hades), in which the melodies lose their way and droop into nothing. Adès’ music won powerful context alongside Kurtàg’s Moments Musicaux, with its intricacies and wide-ranging references, and Schubert’s String Quartet No.14 (“Death and the Maiden”), in which the composer grapples with death and his lost youth.Full Article

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BILLBOARD - Craig Armstrong, Ennio Morricone, Timbaland Win Big At ASCAP Screen Music Awards

Director Oliver Stone, with whom Armstrong worked on the upcoming Snowden, as well as three past projects, including World Trade Center and the docu-series, The Untold History Of The United States, presented the award, along with ASCAP president Paul Williams. The Calder Quartet performed a selection of Armstrong’s music, while Lindsay Pearce sang “This Love,” written by Armstrong for Cruel Intentions. “Your music glows with a power that’s beyond words,” Stone said of Armstrong, but not before busting on how quiet the Scottish composer is.Full Article

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STRINGS MAGAZINE - The Space Between the Notes
After an all-Mozart CD with pianist Anne-Marie McDer- mott, the hip, young, and outstanding Calder Quartet (violinists Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook, violist Jonathan Moerschel, and cellist Eric Byers) released an all Thomas Adès chamber-music CD, including the British composer’s first-ever work for string quartet, Arcadiana...Download PDF
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