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CHAN 10761 - In the South - Brodsky Quartet
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Available From: 18 March 2013
In the South - Brodsky Quartet

CHAN 10761 -- IN THE SOUTH

BRODSKY QUARTET

The Brodsky Quartet here performs music by composers who all have a strong connection to the ‘South’, be it ‘Latin’-inspired music of the Mediterranean or the rhythmic idioms of South America. From the Mediterranean we have Verdi’s Quartetto in E minor, the only string quartet that Verdi ever wrote, and Puccini’s Crisantemi with some sad melodies that would later be used in the tragic fourth act of Manon Lescaut. Turina’s La oración del torero (The Toreador’s Prayer) was inspired by scenes in a Spanish bull-fighting arena. The South American flavour comes from Piazzolla’s Four, for Tango, written in 1988 for the Kronos Quartet, which showcases Piazzolla’s new tango style. Full of captivating rhythms and harmonic warmth, Hugo Wolf’s Italienische Serenade has its own dance element. Last but not least, Paul Cassidy, the violist of the Brodsky Quartet, has arranged two of Paganini’s solo violin Capricci, Nos 6 and 24, for string quartet, translating their well-known virtuosic string writing. So, a wide variety of repertoire, all performed with style and panache by the Brodsky Quartet. Gramophone wrote of the Quartet’s Chandos debut disc, Petits-fours: ‘What is so striking about the playing of the Brodsky Quartet throughout is their brimming love for the music, with some ravishing shading down to the most hushed pianissimos. All this is caught in wonderfully rich and transparent sound.’

Reviews

"... These are generally conservative arrangements, quite respectful of the harmonics implications of the original line. These are good performances, especially of the Verdi quartet which anchors the disc. The Turina prayer is a good surprise and the Piazzolla piece is great fun."
Alan Swanson - Fanfare - September/October 2013

                   **** - (Excellent disc)
Bernardo Pieri - Musica magazine - September 2013

                     Performance ****      Recording ****
“This is an enjoyable disc of off-the-beaten-track music for string quartet ... The Brodsky Quartet clearly relish the chance to do something less heavyweight than their usual repertoire ...”
 
Michael Tanner – BBC Music magazine – October 2013
 

"...Excellent sonics, as can only be expected from Chandos, good notes and expert playing should make this an attractive buy for string quartet lovers, in particular those with a taste for Mediterranean sun."
 
Göran Forsling - MusicWeb-International.com - 8 August 2013

“... All in all another stunning album from a group with its own unique sound forged out of years playing together ...”      Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Steve Moffatt – Limelight magazine.com (Australia) – 8 August 2013

“...Altogether an enjoyable and entertaining programme.”
 
Peter Spaull – Liverpool Daily Post – June 2013
 

 “...Not unexpectedly, the performances by the Brodsky Quartet are full of spontaneously imaginative insights and equal to all the diverse demands of these six composers. They are fortunate to receive a vividly real recording from Chandos...”

Ivan March – Gramophone magazine – June 2013

 “...In all, this is a very refreshing collection, well recorded and annotated  ... winningly performed.”
Andrew Morris – International Record Review – May 2013

               Album of the Week
"...You will not leave this album unsmiling."  ***
 
Norman Lebrecht - SinfiniMusic.com - 2 April 2013
 

 

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