Antti Tikkanen, violin • Minna Pensola, violin • Atte Kilpeläinen, viola • Tomas Djupsjöbacka, cello
The four Finns approached the Haydn quartet so energetically that the work never sounded stuffy, but rather often very current with its clear, occasionally minimal lines, echo-like passages and short pizzicato notes which seem to appear from nowhere, whilst not losing the classical references to the fugue and its corresponding pathos. Despite the complexity and the moments of controlled frenzy, the interpretation was always so transparent that the details were clearly audible. Hamburger Abendblatt
Meta4, formed in Finland in 2001, is one of the most internationally successful string quartets. The four musicians, who also share a close personal friendship, are united in their musical openness, curiosity, and versatility. Musically, they are characterised by their “breath-taking vitality” (Badische Zeitung) and ”transparent, richly coloured sound” (Rondo), as well as a ”breath of fresh air” and for their “sense of humour" (Süddeutsche Zeitung).