The Quiroga Quartet presents its latest album in Madrid, In C major

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He Tuesday 10 November at 19.30 hours, National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) presents one of the most internationally recognized quartets by the public and critics, the acclaimed Cuarteto Quiroga, on the second date of the cycle Liceo de Cámara XXI at audience National Music from Madrid. This time, the famous spanish quartet, National Music Award 2018, will play works composed in C major by Haydn (on. 33 “The bird” y on. 74) and Mozart (on. 19 “Of dissonances”), included in his recently released latest album called And there was light. Haydn & Mozart: The birth of a new Era, in C Major. The latest posts, with a General price 10 a 20 euros, are already on sale in the National Auditorium ticket offices, INAEM theaters, and on the phone 91 193 93 21. h

In C major
After the success of his previous record releases, the Quiroga Quartet returns with this double CD to portray musically one of the most fascinating periods in the history of music: the birth, the expansion and triumph of the string quartet as a genre and, with the, the advent of a new era in which a new generation of Europeans saw in this pure and instrumental music an art that emanated from reason and thought but spoke directly to feelings, so he had the power to persuade and convince, perfectly combining the syntactic and structural force of language with the free semantic poetics of the imagination. A new music to light up a new world, a music to instruct and seduce. A universal and democratizing music, totally modern and illustrated.

To light up this journey to musical Enlightenment, the repertoire focuses on four masterpieces by Haydn and Mozart, all of them written in C Major, the symbolic tonality of the Light, the one also chosen by Haydn himself to represent the moment of creation in his most famous oratorio, with the shining shout of «Und Es Ward Licht!!» ("And there was light!”). This recording illustrates and celebrates a musical process that, son of his time, He ended up building a way of writing and making music that would enlighten generations of composers., interpreters and music lovers, and whose ethical and aesthetic reflections continue to shine today. A journey from darkness to light, from wit to genius, from the human to the sublime. A journey to the very roots of Europe's musical and cultural identity.

Praised by The New York Times for its "exquisite and fresh performances", he Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation, internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences for his unique personality, as well as for his bold and original approach in approaching the string quartet repertoire.

Formed in 2003, the Quartet takes its name from the Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding string players in our musical history. They studied with Rainer Schmidt at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, with Walter Levin at the Musikakademie in Basel and with Hatto Beyerle at the European Academy of Chamber Music. Other important artistic influences are Johannes Meissl, György Kurtág, András Keller, Eberhard Feltz y Ferenc Rados. Strongly committed to teaching chamber music, are professors at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Zaragoza, la University Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikene and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, and regularly invited to give master classes at universities and music conservatories throughout Europe, United States and Latin America.

Winners of the National Music Award 2018, the RNE Critical Eye Award and winners in the main international competitions for quartet (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Geneva, Beijing, Fnapec-Paris, Palau Barcelona), in 2013 the Quiroga Quartet became the first ensemble in residence at the Royal Palace of Madrid in charge of the Stradivarius quartet decorated from the palatine collection.

The Quartet is currently a resident ensemble at the Cerralbo Museum in Madrid and a regular in the most prestigious rooms on the international stage., como la Pierre Boulez Saal, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie in Berlin, Wigmore Hall Londres, The Frick Collection and Lincoln Center in New York, DaCamera in Los Angeles, National Gallery of Art de Washington DC, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, The Invalides of Paris, Martin Hall de Prague, Nybrokajen from Stockholm, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Basel Stadtcasino, Salzburg Mozarteum, and at festivals such as the Heidelberger Frühling and the Amsterdam String Quartets Biennial.

Among his regular stage companions are musicians of the stature of Martha Argerich, Veronika Hagen (that accompanies them in this latest recording adventure), Jörg Widmann, Javier Perianes, Valentin heirs, Richard Lester, David Kadouch, Jonathan Brown, Cappella Amsterdam and the Doric string quartets, Meta4, Ardeo and Galatea. Passionate defender of contemporary repertoire, the quartet collaborates regularly with composers of our day, and presenting and recording new creations to establish a constant dialogue between tradition and new music. They have premiered works by prominent composers such as Peter Eötvös, Cristobal Halffter, Jose Maria Sánchez-Verdú, Anton Garcia-April, Jesus Villa- Red, Marisa Manchado, Narine Khachatryan and Cecilia Díaz, and they have performed the entirety of György Kurtág's work for quartet and, in future seasons, Works by Jonathan Dove to premiere, Jörg Widmann y José Luis Turina.

Since 2012, the Quiroga Quartet has embarked on an ambitious journey to build an inspired and unique record catalog with the Dutch independent label Cobra Records. In this fall of 2021 present their latest album, And there was light. Haydn & Mozart: The birth of a new Era, in C Major, recorded with the prestigious violist Veronika Hagen and dedicated to the birth and explosion of chamber music and the string quartet as genres children of the Enlightenment. Your previous CD, Heritage, offers an eloquent anthology of the musical scene of the string quartet in Madrid at the time of Goya. Published in 2019, this «necessary album» (Joke) is played on gut strings and includes two world-first recordings by Boccherini and Brunetti. His first album, that paired Haydn and Webern with Sollima, won the CD of the year award 2012, awarded by the Union of Independent Producers (UFI). Among his previous recordings for Cobra, critically acclaimed, Schönberg's early music albums listed, Webern and Alban Berg; the Opus quartets 51 Brahms; and works by Bartók, Ginastera and Halffter. In 2016, published a recording with Javier Perianes for Harmonia Mundi that includes rarities for piano quintet by Granados and Turina.

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