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Cuarteto Quiroga

Bartók, Ginastera, Halffter, Schubert, Anonymous


Year of release: 2017

String Quartet No.2, Op.17 19:13
1. I.Moderato Bartók 10:47
2. II.Allegro molto capriccioso Bartók 08:25
String Quartet No.2 Op.17 09:26
3. III.Lento Bartók 09:26
String Quartet No.1, Op.20 22:36
4. I.Allegro violento ed agitato Ginastera 04:48
5. II.Vivacissimo Ginastera 03:53
6. III.Calmo e poetico Ginastera 09:36
7. IV.Allegramente rustico Ginastera 04:17
Ocho Tientos para cuarteto de cuerda, Op.35 18:01
8. I. Halffter 01:38
9. II. Halffter 01:14
10. III. Halffter 01:31
11. IV. Halffter 03:02
12. V. Halffter 02:11
13. Vi. Halffter 01:34
14. VII. Halffter 03:05
15. VIII. Halffter 03:41
16. Drei Landler in B Schubert 02:42
Galician Folksong 03:27
17. Panxolina para o Nadal de 1829 Anonymous 03:27

About this album

“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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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.

Luister, september 2017 (Sep. 2017)

Het viertal speelt werkelijk voortreffelijk en bereikt een wonderbaarlijke toon. Men hoort ook geen moeite of gezwoeg en daar is slechts één reden voor te bedenken: techniek vormt geen enkele belemmering. Het is een waanzinnig gedetailleerde opname met een springlevend kwartet tegen een gitzwarte achtergrond.

Stretto (Oct. 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.

The Strad (Nov. 2017)

Powerful passions smoulder in a folk-inspired programme...Motor rhythms drive three of the movements in Ginastera’s First Quartet. The Allegro violento ed agitato opening, with its syncopated melodies, is played with appropriately ferocious energy. Guitar-like pizzicatos feature in the mostly quiet second movement, and there is splendid playing in the intricate ligree writing of the nale. The slow third movement features an eloquent soliloquy from cellist Helena Poggio. Many of Halffter’s attractive tientos are light, syncopated dances, played with grace and style. - TIM HOMFRAY

Pizzicato (Oct. 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.

Scherzo y Ritmo (Oct. 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."


"Fabulous" "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."


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Technical Specifications

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