cantabile and counterpoint
Congratulations: Meta4 and the Gringolts Quartet have been awarded the Quarterly Prize of the German Record Critics for their recent recording of the String Octets by Mendelssohn and Enescu for BIS. "How delicately the eight musicians illuminate this polyphonic score, how naturally they combine cantabile with counterpoint, and how devotedly they expose themselves to the emotional layers of the work; the work skips a few steps on the interpretation ladder," says juror Lotte Thaler.
She goes on to say: "This also applies to the Mendelssohn Octet combined with it: just listen to the scherzo from it, it is really haunted, no longer 'romantic', but noisy, modern."
Their meeting at the Finnish Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival seven years ago became the beginning of a deep personal and musical friendship for the Gringolts Quartet and Meta4. Last season the eight musicians were on a major European tour. At the Elbphilharmonie and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, among other venues, the sound fireworks were celebrated by the audience with long lasting applause, and the press was also enthusiastic: the magazine Pizzicato spoke of a "veritable wave of exuberant energy" after the concert at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and found that "magic was achieved here with energy and intensity".
Hear the CD here.