A friendship you can hear
New CD with Meta4 and the Gringolts Quartet: Their meeting at the Finnish Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival seven years ago became the beginning of a deep personal and musical friendship for Meta4 and the Gringolts Quartet. Last season the eight musicians were on a major European tour together. Their sound was celebrated by audiences at the Elbphilharmonie and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, among other venues, with long lasting applause, and the press was also enthusiastic: the magazine Pizzicato wrote about a "veritable wave of exuberant energy" after the concert at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and confirmed that "magic was achieved here with energy and intensity".
The result of their joy of playing the octet is now finally available on CD: The BIS label has just released the string octets by Felix Mendelssohn and George Enescu, both youthful and - in each case created in times of transition to the Romantic and modern eras - groundbreaking works. George Enescu said: "I am a polyphonist by nature, not a lawyer of pretty chord progressions. I am terrified of everything that is stagnant. For me music is not a state, but rather an action..." Anahit Kurtikyan of the Gringolts Quartet describes the fusion of the two ensembles and their playing together as a great inspiration and unique experience with a special energy.
Hear the CD here.