When you are speaking of the birth of the string quartet, rarely takes into account Madrid as one of the European capitals where the genre was cultivated in more profusion. A vibrant music scene that took place in the city during the eighteenth century dedicated Cuarteto Quiroga, National Music Award 2018, his latest work, Heritage: Madrid Music in times of Goya, which goes on sale next May. With the launch of Quartet in B flat major L.185 de Gaetano Brunetti, world premiere recording of this work, now available on digital platforms, the group presents a preview of his sixth studio album.
In addition to the premiere of Brunetti, Cuarteto Quiroga addressed in Heritage the world premiere recording of an unpublished work of Luigi Boccherini: his String Quartet Eb Major G.191. The album was recorded, as usual in the Cuarteto Quiroga, from a historically informed interpretive perspective, using, this time, catgut and arches in transition to get closer to the sound concept of the time. After a few months full of important appointments, with several world premieres and a European tour with legendary pianist Martha Argerich, Cuarteto Quiroga last launching this eloquent anthology, designed by the musicologist Miguel Angel Marin - one of the world's leading experts in this music- to pay tribute to one of the catalogs of works for string quartet and unjustly forgotten. Manuel Canales works and Joao de Almeida complete a record that refers to the Madrid painter Francisco de Goya and to be presented at the Museo del Prado next 14 of May, as part of the activities celebrating the bicentenary of this institution.
The collective imagination links the music for string quartet large central European capitals, with Vienna as a symbolic epicenter. With Heritage, the group formed by Aitor Hevia (fiddle), Cibrán Sierra (fiddle), Josep Puchades (viola) Y Helena Poggio (cello) It seeks to show how Madrid also became one of the busiest places on the continent at the dawn of this genre. The album, which appears after the celebrated Terra, continues with the will of the Cuarteto Quiroga to highlight and contextualize the Latin American musical heritage, one of the features highlighted by the jury that awarded the National Music Prize. Heritage It was recorded in mid-December in Flanders and will be released on Cobra Records.
The Cuarteto Quiroga has become one of the most outstanding chamber ensembles of its generation. Among its most important events this season include concerts with Jörg Widmann or Martha Argerich, in addition to performances in numerous Spanish and European cities and toured the United States. In April, Cuarteto Quiroga will pass through Paris (15 April) there Toulouse (30 April) with performances dedicated to Picasso, the Spanish Civil War and exile. European spring tour continues with dates in Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and, again, Spain (Salamanca, Valencia, Zaragoza, 20, 21 Y 22 of May).
Described as "exquisite" by the New York Times and "beautiful sound and impeccable technique" by the prestigious magazine The Strad, Cuarteto Quiroga, resident quartet at the Cerralbo Museum in Madrid, It is considered one of the most unique groups and assets of the new European generation, Internationally recognized among critics and audiences by the strong personality of his character as a collective and for his bold interpretations and renovadoras. The group was born with the desire to pay homage to the great Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most important musicians of our musical history. Rainer Schmidt formed, Walter Levin and Hatto Beyerle (Hagen quartets, Alban Berg and LaSalle) the Reina Sofía School, the Musikhochschule Basel and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), It has been awarded the most prestigious international competitions for string quartet and act regularly in major halls of the international chamber music scene. In 2007 He received the RNE Critical Eye Award and 2006 the Gold Medal of the Palau de Barcelona, in addition to the recent National Music Prize 2018. Shares the stage with musicians like Javier Perianes, Veronika Hagen, Martha Argerich o Jörg Widmann, among others. further, its members are heavily involved with the teaching of chamber music through different courses and classes in conservatories across Europe, United States and Latin America.
His first record, Statements, He garnered acclaim from critics and was awarded the Best Album Award 2012 by the Independent Phonographic Union. His next work, posted on Cobra Records -(R)evolutions, Free but lonely Y Terra- and his record collaboration with Javier Perianes internationally for Harmonia Mundi have garnered multiple awards and recognitions.