It’s official, #BartókBound Vol. 1 has been released!
📸 Last Sunday’s sold-out Ragazze Quartet CD-Release Concert & Pub Quiz at De VerbroederIJ in Amsterdam. It was lots of fun, an intimate setting, and some teachable moments 😄 But most of all, we enjoyed the exquisite music making!! Welcome to Ragazze Quartet’s “Bartók Bound” project. Enjoy the ride!
This is the first time the famous J.S. Bach Cello Suites are recorded and released performed on violin. Could you think of a better candidate for this adventure than the ‘Queen of the Baroque Violin’ (Sunday Times), Rachel Podger?
“(…) I gradually could feel these pieces joining the violin partitas and sonatas as another kind of ‘daily bread’; I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realising that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch. How could one possibly justify it, especially with works that have peppered the recording catalogue with some of the most iconic and adored string performances of all time, the Casals, Fourniers, Torteliers or Starkers? But what I was doing also seemed very much in keeping with Bach’s own habit of recycling his compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless, (…) Think of the Prelude of the E major Partita for violin turned into a full orchestral cantata movement with trumpets and drums…”
— Rachel Podger (excerpt from liner notes)
Dutch newspaper Het Parool reviewed ‘Bartók Bound (Vol. 1) – String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4’.
The Ragazze Quartet shows courage and plays with ‘large intensity and great lyricism’, the reviewer Erik Voermans looks forward to the mission of the Ragazze for the coming years as they have declared themselves ‘Bartók Bound‘!
Out on March 28 in BENELUX. Out on April 12 WORLDWIDE.
Out NOW on our site CD & Downloads 👇🎧
Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have just been awarded Gramophone’s Recording of the Month for their brand new Mahler: Symphony No. 7.
“Here and everywhere it’s a performance full of first-time wonder. (…) It’s one of those performances that makes one think of the piece differently, and that in itself is cause for celebration and reassessment.”
“(…) there is a joyousness about this account that tells you not just how much Ivan Fischer loves this symphony but how he loves it unconditionally.”
Gramophone Magazine, April 2019
Ashley Solomon will be presenting BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show on Sunday on March 3rd based entirely on Frederick the Great at lunchtime. He will be talking about the new CD ‘Music For A King’ and other recordings.
On Tuesday March 5th, Ashley will be interviewed by Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and performing live with Florilegium.
The CD-Release Concert of ‘Music For A King – Chamber Music from the Court of Frederick the Great’ will take place the following day; Wednesday March 6th, in Wigmore Hall, London!
The physical product (Double CD) is available now on our site. Downloads will follow shortly.
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