Schumann, Berg, Kurtag - Works for String Quartet | Harmonia Mundi - harmonia#nova HMN916108

Schumann, Berg, Kurtag - Works for String Quartet

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - harmonia#nova

Cat No: HMN916108

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd September 2017



‘Our quartet is a story of friendship. We know each other since our childhood and we always have shared the passion for playing music and learning.

‘That decided us one day, around six years ago, to make playing quartets the main endeavour of our lives - because our common ardour was strong and because the differences between our personalities make our music making more vivid.

‘Robert Gerhard was a Catalan composer - he was born in Valls, which is very near our birth place in Catalunya - and he was a pupil of Schoenberg at the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to Gerhard, people like Webern, or Schoenberg himself, were visiting Barcelona very often. One can read in their correspondence how amazed they were about the city and the culture at that time, just before the civil war and fascism killed any progress in Spain.

‘That’s why we took the name of Gerhard, because he was a resolute man; he joined the avantgarde movement of that time and he fought for his idea of music in a way we identify with.’

Quartet Gerhard:
- Lluís Castán Cochs (violin)
- Judit Bardolet Vilaró (violin)
- Miquel Jordà Saún (viola)
- Jesús Miralles Roger (cello)

Twenty years ago, harmonia mundi and France Musique joined forces to produce the first albums of a new generation of musicians from around the world. Mostly unknown to the general public when they first entered the recording studios, these ‘nouveaux interprètes’ (as the first series was called) included Isabelle Faust, Paul Lewis, Piotr Anderszewski, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Frank Braley, François-Frédéric Guy, Jean‑Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Lawrence Power, Ekaterina Sementchuk, Alexandre Tharaud, Cédric Tiberghien, Xavier de Maistre, Alban Gerhardt and many others. Since then, the vast majority of these have made quite a name for themselves and have become the mainstay of many a recordcompany, not least harmonia mundi itself.

Now following the success of ‘Les Nouveaux Interprètes’ (which later became ‘Les Nouveaux Musiciens’),
harmonia#nova is a new series to welcome a new generation of young artists. harmonia#nova will provide a technical, editorial and promotional showcase measuring up to the high production standards of harmonia mundi. Each artist will subsequently have the spotlight trained on them, on disc, online (streaming, downloads, social media) and in images – and then, for a year, in the form of an accompaniment to their artistic development, in concert, in promotional activities, in every territory. It was the least harmonia mundi could do to give all these musicians access to the international diffusion that has made the label’s reputation. Welcome young talents! Long life to harmonia#nova!
– Christian Girardin, label manager

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