Armida Quartett - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartets Vol. 4
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…..The Armida Quartet endeavors to find dissonances lying like sleeping metaphors on the seabed of Mozart’s music, in order to bring them to the surface and back to life – yet without making them too obvious.
In so doing, the musicians commit themselves to follow the original sources, which they are intensely studying in collaboration with expert
musicological counsel. But they are also committed to their chosen name, “Armida”, which evokes a widespread opera subject stemming from Torquato Tasso’s epic poem Gerusalemme liberata (“Jerusalem Delivered”).
In that well-known story, Armida stands for what we would call cognitive dissonance. The Christian knight from the West and the pagan beauty from the East are fascinated with one another and fall in love. Despite her infatuation, however, Armida must surely also be an evil sorceress, since she is distracting Rinaldo, the crusader, from his holy mission of war. Armida’s final submission is sealed once and for all with a battle victory and a baptism: this is obviously a Western projection we need to view with a greater deal of nuance.
With its apparently irresolvable dissonance arising from contradictory feelings, the fear caused by the seductive outer appearance of beauty, and the ostensibly unappealable validity of cultural norms, the fictional Armida material is a true aesthetic and cultural litmus test ... (Excerpt from the booklet notes by Hansjörg Ewert)
A triumph, both technically and musically. BBC Music Magazine, March 2021
Winning the ARD International Competition in 2012 (also sweeping all other prizes including the
audience prize) propelled the Armida Quartet on to the international concert platform. After concerts
and radio recordings as BBC New Generation Artists (2014-16) and subsequently as ECHO Rising
Stars (2016/17), the musicians have established themselves as regular guests in the best-known
chamber music halls in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
In addition to regular appearances at European
festivals such as the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Rheingau Musik Festival, the
quartet has enjoyed great success at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie, and
London‘s Wigmore Hall, among others.
Acclaimed for their musical unity, which is evident in their fine-tuned sound and timing as well as
their shared breaths, the musicians also emphasise their commitment to quartet playing with their
choice of ensemble name: Armida refers to an opera by the composer Joseph Haydn, who is considered
the „father of the string quartet“. They studied with former members of the Artemis Quartet
and with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet); they owe further important impulses to Reinhard Goebel,
Alfred Brendel, Marek Janowski, and Tabea Zimmermann.
The Armida Quartet places a special focus on the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The recently
released third album of the on-going complete recordings of his string quartets for CAvi Records was
praised as „musically ravishing and sonically (...) exemplary“, and described as ground-breaking for
Mozart interpretation in the 21st century (Klassik Heute 1/2021).
The ensemble pursues its passion
for Mozart, among other things, in its own concert series Mozart Exploded, in which each of the
composer‘s string quartets are combined with masterpieces of contemporary music and occasionally
presented in experimental concert formats in Berlin.
The series has already been enthusiastically
received in New York as well. In addition, the young musicians have cooperated with G. Henle Verlag,
for whom they act as musical advisors for the new Urtext edition of the Mozart quartets, including
their own fingerings and bowings made available for the associated Henle Library App. In doing so,
the quartet is not only at the forefront of the latest technological developments, but also advocates
for closer collaboration between performing artists and musicologists.
Whether in its curatorial functions or on stage, collaboration with other artists is a priority for the
Armida Quartet. They have a special relationship with the Serbian composer Marko Nikodijevi´c, whose
first and second String Quartets they premiered. In the meantime, however, musicians such as
Thomas Hampson, Martin Fröst, Tabea Zimmermann, Jörg Widmann, Julian Steckel, Sabine Meyer,
and Daniel Müller-Schott have also become regular partners. In addition, the ensemble gives master
classes in Germany as well as abroad and is committed to social and educational institutions, including
initiatives such as Rhapsody in School and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.
Along with the three albums of Mozart string quartets already released, the quartet‘s discography
also includes their debut CD with works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, and György Kurtág (CAvi),
released in 2013, which was included in the German Record Prize‘s Best List. A recording with
works by Beethoven and Shostakovich was also released by CAvi in 2016, followed in 2017 by
Fuga Magna with works by Scarlatti, Bach, Goldberg, Mozart, and Beethoven.
The quartet has also participated in various compilations of contemporary works by Samy Moussa, Ursula Mamlok, Birke
J. Bertelsmeier, and Milica Djordjevi´c, among others.
Martin Funda Violin
Johanna Staemmler Violin
Teresa Schwamm Viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler Cello
1. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major K. 157 (1770) - I. Allegro (05:12)
2. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major K. 157 (1770) - II. Andante (04:39)
3. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major K. 157 (1770) - III. Presto (01:42)
4. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 6 B-Dur / in B flat Major K. 159 (1773) - I. Andante (04:03)
5. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 6 B-Dur / in B flat Major K. 159 (1773) - II. Allegro (04:37)
6. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 6 B-Dur / in B flat Major K. 159 (1773) - III. Rondo. Allegro grazioso (02:42)
7. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat Major K. 160 (1773) - I. Allegro (03:06)
8. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat Major K. 160 (1773) - II. Un poco adagio (04:30)
9. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat Major K. 160 (1773) - III. Presto (02:34)
10. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 19 C-Dur / in C Major K. 465 (1785) Dissonance - I. Adagio - Allegro (10:15)
11. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 19 C-Dur / in C Major K. 465 (1785) Dissonance - II. Andante cantabile (06:16)
12. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 19 C-Dur / in C Major K. 465 (1785) Dissonance - III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio (05:26)
13. Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 19 C-Dur / in C Major K. 465 (1785) Dissonance - IV. Allegro molto (07:20)
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