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Starting to record our second disk with Chandos Records

Starting to record our second disk with Chandos Records

 

Starting the year with an exciting new project, a second collaboration with Chandos Records. We will be recording all 17 string quartets of Mieczysław Weinberg. Stay tuned for updates

Press quotes/articles 2019

Press quotes/articles 2019

 

8 January 2019
Limelight, Australia’s Classical Music and Arts Magazine
BARTÓK: COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS (ARCADIA QUARTET)
“This is wonderfully imaginative playing – a more relaxed approach than the high-tension of some recent rivals. The expansive tempi allow room for savouring some extraordinary textures and sonorities, letting sounds resonate and hang in the air. Their lovely tonal blend, captured in a typical Chandos warm acoustic, is in the classic East-European soft-grained tradition but doesn’t sugarcoat these modernist icons. The primal savagery is conveyed with foot-stamping energy and earthy colours, while melancholia and wistful longing pervade the atmospheric slow movements.”
by Warwick Arnold
 
Press quotes/articles 2018

Press quotes/articles 2018

 

31 December 2018
Musicweb International
Bela BARTÓK (1881–1945)Complete StringQuartets
“For some the Arcadia Quartet might just be too civilized. But it is a compelling and very beautiful cycle that elbows its way to a place at the crowded top table.
by Roy Westbrook
 
27 December 2018
TransCentury Communications
A LIFE IN STRINGS
(…) the players have an overarching sense of the music’s style and of Bartók’s concerns at this point in his life, and there is an inexorable quality about the way the Arcadia Quartet moves through the work, finding considerable depth even though this is the shortest piece in the Bartók quartet cycle.
(…) The overall poetic quality of the performances is perhaps their most notable feature, but the players’ sensitivity to the quartets’ drama and humor is also highly attractive, and their involvement in the material is practically tangible.
 
27 November 2018
Musicweb International
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
“They show a great deal of control and focus throughout this recording, as well as a mastery of even the tiniest detail of phrasing.”
by Stuart Sillitoe
 
2 November 2018
Gramophone, UK
BARTÓK Complete StringQuartets (Arcadia Quartet)
“(…) if I was asked to recommend a Bartók cycle to a first-time listener intimidated by his spiky reputation, I’d send them straight to the Arcadia Quartet.”
by Richard Bratby
 
28 October 2018
WQXR | New York'sClassical Music Radio Station
The Best Classical New Releases of October 2018
“(...) it is often argued that no composer did more advance the string quartet than Béla Bartók. The Arcadia Quartet’s vibrant take on Bartók’s six quartets is prima facie evidence for this claim. Every quartet worth its salt has recorded at least one of Bartók’s, but the young Romanian ensemble takes pains to distinguish the composer’s most radical innovations — his peculiarly symmetrical notion of form, liberal use of extended technique and incorporation of hard-driving Hungarian folk rhythms — where other groups smooth them over. These works have a monstrous quality to begin with, and the Arcadia’s electrifying performance gives them an almost Frankensteinian sentience, groaning (the Fifth Quartet’s spectral Adagio), shrieking (the Third’s piercing Coda) and howling (the Fourth’s vicious finale) their way to, hopefully, inspiring the next great compositional mind to upend this medium.”
by Zev Kane
 
New recording on the way!

New recording on the way!

 

We are most delighted to announce that we began recording the complete Bartok quartets for Chandos Records this September, for release in late 2018. We are all very much looking forward to see this amazing project finalised.

Newsletter, now available!

Newsletter, now available!

 

Never want to miss one of our concerts? You can subscribe here as our fan and you will get a monthly newsletter about us (news, concerts, recordings, etc.), all this made possible by the Hello Stage team. 

We did it!

We did it!

 

We are very happy to announce that starting with April 2015 we have been under the auspices of the ‘Tinerimea Română’ National Art Centre of Bucharest.
The dates and venues where we will be performing this year are:
19 May - ‘Tinerimea Română’ National Art Centre,
13 June - Romanian Athenaeum,
19 August - Casino Hall Sinaia,
3 October - Romanian Athenaeum,
21 November - ‘Tinerimea Română’ National Art Centre.

Starting to record our second disk with Chandos Records

Starting to record our second disk with Chandos Records

 

Starting the year with an exciting new project, a second collaboration with Chandos Records. We will be recording all 17 string quartets of Mieczysław Weinberg. Stay tuned for updates

Press quotes/articles 2020

Press quotes/articles 2020

 

5 March 2020
Radio România Muzical, Bucharest
AUDIO. 'Fantezie și culori sonore' - concert de autor, în premieră națională, cu Cvartetul Arcadia
“Ana Török, la vioara I, a reușit o enunțare dulce, printr-un sunet catifelat, balansat de intervențiile instrumentelor din plan secund, Răsvan Dumitru la vioara a II-a și Traian Boală la violă, ce au avut parte, la rândul lor, de pasaje solistice frumos reliefate de tehnica și puterea lor de expresie, reușind un dozaj ireproșabil între stări.”
by Maria-Isabella Nica, Radio România Muzical
 
Press quotes/articles 2019

Press quotes/articles 2019

 

8 January 2019
Limelight, Australia’s Classical Music and Arts Magazine
BARTÓK: COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS (ARCADIA QUARTET)
“This is wonderfully imaginative playing – a more relaxed approach than the high-tension of some recent rivals. The expansive tempi allow room for savouring some extraordinary textures and sonorities, letting sounds resonate and hang in the air. Their lovely tonal blend, captured in a typical Chandos warm acoustic, is in the classic East-European soft-grained tradition but doesn’t sugarcoat these modernist icons. The primal savagery is conveyed with foot-stamping energy and earthy colours, while melancholia and wistful longing pervade the atmospheric slow movements.”
by Warwick Arnold
 
Press quotes/articles 2018

Press quotes/articles 2018

 

31 December 2018
Musicweb International
Bela BARTÓK (1881–1945)Complete StringQuartets
“For some the Arcadia Quartet might just be too civilized. But it is a compelling and very beautiful cycle that elbows its way to a place at the crowded top table.
by Roy Westbrook
 
27 December 2018
TransCentury Communications
A LIFE IN STRINGS
(…) the players have an overarching sense of the music’s style and of Bartók’s concerns at this point in his life, and there is an inexorable quality about the way the Arcadia Quartet moves through the work, finding considerable depth even though this is the shortest piece in the Bartók quartet cycle.
(…) The overall poetic quality of the performances is perhaps their most notable feature, but the players’ sensitivity to the quartets’ drama and humor is also highly attractive, and their involvement in the material is practically tangible.
 
27 November 2018
Musicweb International
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
“They show a great deal of control and focus throughout this recording, as well as a mastery of even the tiniest detail of phrasing.”
by Stuart Sillitoe
 
2 November 2018
Gramophone, UK
BARTÓK Complete StringQuartets (Arcadia Quartet)
“(…) if I was asked to recommend a Bartók cycle to a first-time listener intimidated by his spiky reputation, I’d send them straight to the Arcadia Quartet.”
by Richard Bratby
 
28 October 2018
WQXR | New York'sClassical Music Radio Station
The Best Classical New Releases of October 2018
“(...) it is often argued that no composer did more advance the string quartet than Béla Bartók. The Arcadia Quartet’s vibrant take on Bartók’s six quartets is prima facie evidence for this claim. Every quartet worth its salt has recorded at least one of Bartók’s, but the young Romanian ensemble takes pains to distinguish the composer’s most radical innovations — his peculiarly symmetrical notion of form, liberal use of extended technique and incorporation of hard-driving Hungarian folk rhythms — where other groups smooth them over. These works have a monstrous quality to begin with, and the Arcadia’s electrifying performance gives them an almost Frankensteinian sentience, groaning (the Fifth Quartet’s spectral Adagio), shrieking (the Third’s piercing Coda) and howling (the Fourth’s vicious finale) their way to, hopefully, inspiring the next great compositional mind to upend this medium.”
by Zev Kane
 
Our Bartók disk is out!

Our Bartók disk is out!

 

For our very first recording on Chandos, we present what has been at the very heart of our musical career and influences: the complete string quartets by Bartók.

To order or download: https://lnk.to/ArcadiaFA

There is also a surprise if you go to www.chandos.net - bonus track, available for download only! 🙂

New recording on the way!

New recording on the way!

 

We are most delighted to announce that we began recording the complete Bartok quartets for Chandos Records this September, for release in late 2018. We are all very much looking forward to see this amazing project finalised.

Our next UK tour will soon begin!

Our next UK tour will soon begin!

 

We announce with joy the dates of our upcoming UK tour and please check our Hello Stage page and website for details about concert programmes and ticket sales. 
We will begin in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music on the 27th of February where BBC will come to record our performance, on the 28th we will be playing in Biggar and on the 2nd of March we'll go to Nottingham.
We will be joined by the amazing Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled, who is playing on Pablo Casals's 1733 Matteo Gofriller cello, in Schubert’s final chamber work - the sublime String Quintet in C, for three concerts: one on the 4th of March at Oxted and on the 5th of March on a Sunday Morning Coffee Concert at Wigmore Hall, followed by another concert on the 8th of March at the Albert Long Hall in Istanbul.

Newsletter, now available!

Newsletter, now available!

 

Never want to miss one of our concerts? You can subscribe here as our fan and you will get a monthly newsletter about us (news, concerts, recordings, etc.), all this made possible by the Hello Stage team. 

We did it!

We did it!

 

We are very happy to announce that starting with April 2015 we have been under the auspices of the ‘Tinerimea Română’ National Art Centre of Bucharest.
The dates and venues where we will be performing this year are:
19 May - ‘Tinerimea Română’ National Art Centre,
13 June - Romanian Athenaeum,
19 August - Casino Hall Sinaia,
3 October - Romanian Athenaeum,
21 November - ‘Tinerimea Română’ National Art Centre.

New Touring Dates for the UK

New Touring Dates for the UK

 

New touring dates for the UK for the 16/17 season have been announced and, due to demand, we are delighted that we are able to offer the following dates to presenters in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.

31 October – 12 November 2016 
27 February – 11 March 2017 

Contact Sinead at sinead@sineadocarroll.co.uk for availability, programmes and fees.

Press quotes/articles 2014

Press quotes/articles 2014

 

12 September 2014

Algemeine Deutsche Zeitung
Great musical moments
High standard chamber music experiences at the Clara Haskil Festival
 
(...) Humbleness to each other, to the public and not least to the performed works distinguished the approach of the quartet members, who did not transform their performance into a narcissistic self-display, but let the music emerge, just like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau used to say: The outstanding artist is the one who disappears behind the masterwork.(...)
by Klaus Philippi
 
August 2014
The Strad
Acrobatics and acumen
Uncompromising repertoire and a gruelling schedule challenged both competitors and jury at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, writes Pauline Harding
(…) it was Arcadia that impressed the judjes and audience the most, with a musical, technically accomplished Beethoven op.131 that was met at its end by rapturous cheering and applause.
 
25 August 2014
”Merveilleux Mendelssohn et Schubert, par le QUATUOR ARCADIA: (…) d’un lyrisme à faire frémir. Le jeu nuancé des instrumentistes rend justice à cette grande œuvre. Le mouvement lent, Adagio, est le centre de gravité de l’œuvre : 15 minutes d’émotions fortes qui nous semblent suspendues dans le temps. ”(...)
by Benoit Bergeron
 
24 August 2014
La Presse, Montreal
McGill: bouleversant Schubert
(...) ”Ce mouvement lent (Adagio - Schubert Quintet) nous transportait dans un tout autre monde, très loin de celui, complètement déchiré, où nous vivons hélas!...”
by Claude Gingras
 
26 June 2014
Osaka Competition Pulls International Chamber Groups
”Arcadia (…) impressed from the opening notes of Haydn’s Op. 50, No. 3, with its polish and elegance. (…) First Prize went to Arcadia, (…) on the strength of its coruscating account of Beethoven’s Op. 131.”
by Robert Markow
 
May 2014
Fono Forum Magazine
(…) ”The Romanian ensemble lives through the emotional eruptions in Janácek’s music with heart and soul (…) Sensual ecstasis, romantic rave and existential fear collide unreservedly; every accent is a stich into the heart…” 
by Marcus Stäbler
 
3 March 2014
"The Arcadia Quartet has mastered the unusual techniques and tone colors Janácek requires, so the quartets are played with skill and energy and the effects and timbres are brilliant. (...)"
Blair Sanderson ***
 
24 February 2014
Phil’s Classical Reviews
"These are sensational performances, in which the quartet members show the cohesion, timing, and strong musicianship, individually as well as collectively, that are needed to put these Janáček masterworks across."
 
22 January 2014
Janáček, Leoš String Quartets No.1 & 2Charming Twilight
”(...) brilliant performance (...), spreading a unique, charming twilight.
by Gero Schreier

 

25.05.2014

25.05.2014

 

The Strad

European ensembles scoop ¥6m in first prizes at Osaka chamber competition

The Rafale Trio from Switzerland and the Arcadia Quartet from Romania receive top awards, reports Pauline Harding

After a nail-biting final at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan yesterday, first prizes were awarded to the Rafale Trio from Switzerland (pictured) and to the Arcadia Quartet from Romania.

Press quotes/articles 2013

Press quotes/articles 2013

 

1 December 2013
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ***
"Not only do both Quartets set formidable technical challenges, they require astonishing emotional commitment and dramatic timing...the Romanian Arcadia Quartet certainly have the measure of the dramatic aspects of these remarkable works."
 
30 November 2013
Northumberland Gazette
Celebrations of a pastoral theme
"If the word Arcadia stands as a symbol for beauty, the playing of the Arcadia String Quartet certainly lived up to the expectations of its name.
Technically immaculate, the four-player ensemble, wide dynamics, beauty of tone and commitment to give of their very best, impressed a good audience at the Playhouse on November 12."
Martin Gillham
 
18 November 2013
Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts in association with sound 2013
The Arcadia Quartet
"The breathtaking brilliance of their playing was evident from the very start of their performance."
Alan Cooper 
 
13 November 2013
The Listenier
Catalog index: ORC100036 / EAN: 5060189560363
"Whoever is looking for a new reference recording should consider this one. (...) For me, the Arcadia Quartet is – at least concerning Janáček – the cutting edge currently among European interpreters……Outstanding!'"
Rainer Aschemeier
 
16 November 2013
www.theartsdesk.com
Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Janáček, John Harle
Late romantic symphonies, emotive string quartets and paintings reflected through music
Janáček: String Quartets Arcadia Quartet (Orchid Classics)
"I still listen to a beloved, crackly, Supraphon LP of these pieces made by the Janáček Quartet in the early 1960s. Comparing their vintage readings with newer performances is always difficult; their mellow, consolatory approach can sound under-characterised when compared to many contemporary performances. This new recording by the young Arcadia Quartet handsomely exemplifies this modern trend – and on its own terms it's pretty impressive.
These two quartets are magnificently peculiar works, still sounding like nothing else in the chamber repertoire. Ideas flare up without warning and then disappear. Violent, visceral outbursts abruptly melt into fruity cadences. Snatches of folk melody dissolve into snatches of quasi-operatic dialogue. The tunes, such as they are, are glorious; there's stomping, earthy theme at the start of the Second Quartet's finale which is catchy beyond belief. This work, inspired by Janáček's unrequited love for Kamila Stösslová, was premiered just weeks after the composer's death, and the Arcadia Quartet manage the ecstacy beautifully. The stratospheric first violin line in the third movement's dance section is phenomenal here. You feel that you're eavesdropping on something very private. The finale's exultant, screeching close leaves you feeling, rightly, exhausted.
The darker first quartet, loosely inspired by Tolstoy's short story The Kreutzer Sonata, is more emotionally ambiguous. I like the Arcadia's shadowy opening, and there's a bone-chilling passage in the third movement where a pallid cello and viola canon is sabotaged by screaming sul ponticello effects in the upper strings. The whole work lasts just 17 minutes, but this performance feels much weightier. If you don't know these pieces, the Arcadia Quartet offer an ideal starting point. Close-up, dryish sound adds to the visceral impact."
Graham Rickson
 
12 November 2013
Eastern Daily Press
"On the strength of this recital alone, the Arcadia must be one of the finest young quartets around, and judging by the rapturous reception they received, the audience agreed."
Frank Cliff
 
1 November 2013
Gramophone Magazine, page 63-64
Young Romanians record Janáček's two quartets
"They are not afraid to take matters to the extremes which Janáček invites [...] ... a bold but thoughtful performance of the two remarkable works. They are strenuous performances...The recording is vivid and immediate."
John Warrack
 
29 September 2013
The Sunday Times
“Each fresh hearing of Janacek’s quartets is a shock — as if his researches into what he called “the melody of speech” resulted in a totally new kind of music...Both works are played with searing intensity by the fine young Romanian quartet.”
David Cairns
 
The Arcadia String Quartet at the Israel Conservatory of Music 
"[...] The Arcadia Quartet bases its performance on deep enquiry into each work, on intelligent, objective reading of each text and good taste. The players’ fine technical know-how serves their oneness of intention in performance that is genuine, sincere and beautifully shaped."
Pamela Hickman
01.10.2013

01.10.2013

 

The Janacek String Quartets CD was recently released by Orchid Classics!

Find out more on our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arcadia-String-Quartet/105423416160290?ref=hl

For more info: www.orchidclassics.com/main.htm

10.06.2013

10.06.2013

 

Arcadia Quartet performs at the Opening Soiree of the 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna.

At the start of the 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna the Austrian piano doyen Paul Badura-Skoda talks about his lifelong engagement with the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. The Arcadia Quartet (Awardee of the International String Quartet Competition / Wigmore Hall, London 2012) performs

Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartet op.18/6

Tickets: per internet or +43 1 505 81 90 respectively at the box office of the Wiener Musikverein (1., Bösendorferstraße 12)