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Press quotes/articles 2022

Press quotes/articles 2022

 

July 12, 2022
Australia
Nominations announced for Recording of the Year 2022
Our Weinberg Vol. 2 has been nominated for Recording of the Year 2022 by Limelight!
The Australian magazine’s critics have announced ‘the 25 finest releases of the last 12 months’, including our freshly released disc by Chandos Records in the chamber music section, besides four other excellent recordings. We are delighted by this consideration and appreciation!
 
July 10, 2022
The Sunday Times
UK
MUSIC REVIEWS
The best albums of 2022 so far
by Dan Cairns
5 star review
A beautifully balanced second volume that captures Weinberg at different stages of his career... the Arcadia Quartet are tireless guides, illuminating and investigating, and their evident passion for the works sweeps you along
 
July 8, 2022
The Strad 
UK
A second volume of quartets makes a strong case for this Soviet master
Issue: July 2022
by Joanne Talbot
Why aren’t these quartets more well known? (...)They receive, in this ambient recording, the most persuasive of interpretations, each phrase and nuance nurtured. This second volume from the much-lauded Arcadia Quartet reveals the players as masters of homogenous textures; 
 
June 25, 2022
PAN M 360
Canada
ARCADIA QUARTET – WEINBERG : STRING QUARTETS NOS 1, 7 AND 11
by Frédéric Cardin
Le premier numéro de cette intégrale était une grande réussite. Celui-ci l’est tout autant. On ne peut qu’être impatient d’attendre les prochains volumes. 
 
June 24, 2022
Classical Music by BBC Music Magazine
Weinberg: String Quartets Nos 1, 7 and 11
Arcadia Quartet (Chandos)
Our rating 5.0 out of 5 star
by Erik Levi
The second volume in the Arcadia Quartet’s Weinberg cycle is every bit as impressive as its predecessor. The performers, supported by a warm but clear recording, really get to the heart of the music, exploiting a wide spectrum of emotions in each of these works, and taking infinite care in maximising textural variety and instrumental balance. 
The First is unquestionably a remarkable achievement. However, its oversaturated chromatic writing and densely scored passage work, especially in the opening movement, pose considerable challenges for the performers. The Arcadias overcome these potential problems superbly, bringing both clarity and a real sense of direction to the music.
(...) The Arcadias negotiate the ebb and flow of the musical argument with compelling power, unleashing an almost unhinged sense of emotional collapse when Weinberg’s writing is at its most ferocious.
 
June 21, 2022
Limelight Magazine
Australia
Weinberg gets the Arcadia treatment
Arcadia Quartet violist Traian Boală talks to Clive Paget about the second volume of Mieczysław Weinberg's String Quartets.
by Clive Paget 
Weinberg Vol. 2 is Limelight Magazine’s Recording of the Month for July. Here is an interview with Traian about our second disc of the series. Thank you Clive Paget and Limelight!
 
June 20, 2022
Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartets Nos 1, 7 & 11 (Arcadia Quartet)
Pitch perfect interpretations of works spanning a composer’s chequered lifetime.
by Rebecca Franks on 20 June, 2022
Five star review by Limelight Magazine
This is the second volume in the Arcadia Quartet’s tour of the Polish-Jewish composer’s quartets and matches the excellence of the first. (...) Recorded with exemplary warmth and clarity by Chandos Records, the program brings together three quartets from different points in the composer’s life.
String Quartet No 7 ventures into philosophical territory, opening with a questing slow movement that the Arcadias pace superbly. Not only that, but there’s also always a sense that the music is entirely grounded, each gesture unfolding as naturally as breathing. (...)The Arcadia Quartet totally commits to the music.
If his music has languished in the shadows for too long, the Arcadia Quartet should be applauded for bringing it into the light.
 
20 June, 2022
Australia
On the Record: July 2022
This month, we lead with gripping string quartets from the greatest composer nobody knew for years, plus a century of outstanding music by women, both home and away.
by Clive Paget 
Recording of the Month - July, 2022
Our Recording of the Month features music by Mieczysław Weinberg , the increasingly rated Polish-Jewish composer who found a tenuous refuge in the USSR and was a close friend of Shostakovich. The Romanian Arcadia Quartet ’s second volume of his string quartets ( CHAN20174 ) is a must for anyone with an interest in the composer’s life and times or the genre in general. As they explain, coming across Weinberg’s music felt like a true moment of artistic discovery. “His music is like a glow of light surrounded by the darkness of the unknown, and it quickly became a goal of ours to attempt to dilute these shadows,” they write.
 
May 13, 2022
Weinberg Volume 2 has been released by Chandos Records
Volume 2 is here! We are delighted to share with you our second disc of the Weinberg string quartet series, freshly released by Chandos Records today, May 13, 2022.
To order, stream or download Volume 2: String quartets no. 1, 7 and 11 check out this link.
Weinberg: String Quartets, Vol. 2 has been officially released today! It has been quite a whirlwind to record Volume 2, with all the uncertainty, delays, organising and travelling challenges in the midst of the pandemic, but we finally were able to do it in November 2021. The beautiful Potton Hall Studio in the Suffolk countryside, a barn turned into a professional recording venue with vaulted ceiling and wooden flooring, provided a timeless space, where, detached from the world we could only focus on the captivating music of Mieczysław Weinberg. String quartets no. 1, 7 and 11 from this album takes us on a journey through time, through a wide range of symbols, emotions and colours.
We are delighted to share this album with you on the official release date, by Chandos Records.
Weinberg Vol 1 is ICMA 2022 Finalist

Weinberg Vol 1 is ICMA 2022 Finalist

 

Such an extraordinary news: our Weinberg Volume 1 released by Chandos Records is an International Classical Music Awards Finalist! We are beyond excited and grateful for this acknowledgment. [December 13, 2021]
 
"The initial list with a total of 377 nominations has been reduced to three releases per category, the finalists for 2022. ICMA President Remy Franck says: « This year again, many of the nominations were strongly backed by over fifty percent of the jurors. These releases collected many points through all rounds. And when almost 90% of the nominated productions had been eliminated, we started on finding the winner in each of our 16 award categories, the one being inducted in ICMA’s Hall of fame reuniting all the winners from the past years. The winner is chosen from a list of three finalists. » The names of the winners who will receive their trophy at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg on 21 April 2022, will be published on Tuesday 18 January 2022." – source: ICMA
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
 
3 September 2018
Innersound Festival 2018
Recitalul cvartetului Arcadia – prin ochii unui muzicolog
“Cvartetul Arcadia = renume, diplomat cultural al României, idealul interpret visat de compozitorii de pretutindeni.”
by Mioara Bâscă 
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.

Press quotes/articles 2022

Press quotes/articles 2022

 

July 12, 2022
Australia
Nominations announced for Recording of the Year 2022
Our Weinberg Vol. 2 has been nominated for Recording of the Year 2022 by Limelight!
The Australian magazine’s critics have announced ‘the 25 finest releases of the last 12 months’, including our freshly released disc by Chandos Records in the chamber music section, besides four other excellent recordings. We are delighted by this consideration and appreciation!
 
July 10, 2022
The Sunday Times
UK
MUSIC REVIEWS
The best albums of 2022 so far
by Dan Cairns
5 star review
A beautifully balanced second volume that captures Weinberg at different stages of his career... the Arcadia Quartet are tireless guides, illuminating and investigating, and their evident passion for the works sweeps you along
 
July 8, 2022
The Strad 
UK
A second volume of quartets makes a strong case for this Soviet master
Issue: July 2022
by Joanne Talbot
Why aren’t these quartets more well known? (...)They receive, in this ambient recording, the most persuasive of interpretations, each phrase and nuance nurtured. This second volume from the much-lauded Arcadia Quartet reveals the players as masters of homogenous textures; 
 
June 25, 2022
PAN M 360
Canada
ARCADIA QUARTET – WEINBERG : STRING QUARTETS NOS 1, 7 AND 11
by Frédéric Cardin
Le premier numéro de cette intégrale était une grande réussite. Celui-ci l’est tout autant. On ne peut qu’être impatient d’attendre les prochains volumes. 
 
June 24, 2022
Classical Music by BBC Music Magazine
Weinberg: String Quartets Nos 1, 7 and 11
Arcadia Quartet (Chandos)
Our rating 5.0 out of 5 star
by Erik Levi
The second volume in the Arcadia Quartet’s Weinberg cycle is every bit as impressive as its predecessor. The performers, supported by a warm but clear recording, really get to the heart of the music, exploiting a wide spectrum of emotions in each of these works, and taking infinite care in maximising textural variety and instrumental balance. 
The First is unquestionably a remarkable achievement. However, its oversaturated chromatic writing and densely scored passage work, especially in the opening movement, pose considerable challenges for the performers. The Arcadias overcome these potential problems superbly, bringing both clarity and a real sense of direction to the music.
(...) The Arcadias negotiate the ebb and flow of the musical argument with compelling power, unleashing an almost unhinged sense of emotional collapse when Weinberg’s writing is at its most ferocious.
 
June 21, 2022
Limelight Magazine
Australia
Weinberg gets the Arcadia treatment
Arcadia Quartet violist Traian Boală talks to Clive Paget about the second volume of Mieczysław Weinberg's String Quartets.
by Clive Paget 
Weinberg Vol. 2 is Limelight Magazine’s Recording of the Month for July. Here is an interview with Traian about our second disc of the series. Thank you Clive Paget and Limelight!
 
June 20, 2022
Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartets Nos 1, 7 & 11 (Arcadia Quartet)
Pitch perfect interpretations of works spanning a composer’s chequered lifetime.
by Rebecca Franks on 20 June, 2022
Five star review by Limelight Magazine
This is the second volume in the Arcadia Quartet’s tour of the Polish-Jewish composer’s quartets and matches the excellence of the first. (...) Recorded with exemplary warmth and clarity by Chandos Records, the program brings together three quartets from different points in the composer’s life.
String Quartet No 7 ventures into philosophical territory, opening with a questing slow movement that the Arcadias pace superbly. Not only that, but there’s also always a sense that the music is entirely grounded, each gesture unfolding as naturally as breathing. (...)The Arcadia Quartet totally commits to the music.
If his music has languished in the shadows for too long, the Arcadia Quartet should be applauded for bringing it into the light.
 
20 June, 2022
Australia
On the Record: July 2022
This month, we lead with gripping string quartets from the greatest composer nobody knew for years, plus a century of outstanding music by women, both home and away.
by Clive Paget 
Recording of the Month - July, 2022
Our Recording of the Month features music by Mieczysław Weinberg , the increasingly rated Polish-Jewish composer who found a tenuous refuge in the USSR and was a close friend of Shostakovich. The Romanian Arcadia Quartet ’s second volume of his string quartets ( CHAN20174 ) is a must for anyone with an interest in the composer’s life and times or the genre in general. As they explain, coming across Weinberg’s music felt like a true moment of artistic discovery. “His music is like a glow of light surrounded by the darkness of the unknown, and it quickly became a goal of ours to attempt to dilute these shadows,” they write.
 
May 13, 2022
Weinberg Volume 2 has been released by Chandos Records
Volume 2 is here! We are delighted to share with you our second disc of the Weinberg string quartet series, freshly released by Chandos Records today, May 13, 2022.
To order, stream or download Volume 2: String quartets no. 1, 7 and 11 check out this link.
Weinberg: String Quartets, Vol. 2 has been officially released today! It has been quite a whirlwind to record Volume 2, with all the uncertainty, delays, organising and travelling challenges in the midst of the pandemic, but we finally were able to do it in November 2021. The beautiful Potton Hall Studio in the Suffolk countryside, a barn turned into a professional recording venue with vaulted ceiling and wooden flooring, provided a timeless space, where, detached from the world we could only focus on the captivating music of Mieczysław Weinberg. String quartets no. 1, 7 and 11 from this album takes us on a journey through time, through a wide range of symbols, emotions and colours.
We are delighted to share this album with you on the official release date, by Chandos Records.
Weinberg Volume 2 has been released by Chandos Records

Weinberg Volume 2 has been released by Chandos Records

 

Volume 2 is here! We are delighted to share with you our second disc of the Weinberg string quartet series, freshly released by Chandos Records today, April 28, 2022.
To order, stream or download Volume 2: String quartets no. 1, 7 and 11 check out the following link: http://lnk.to/WeinbergSQ2
American Record Guide's Critics’ Choice 2021: Weinberg Vol. 1

American Record Guide's Critics’ Choice 2021: Weinberg Vol. 1

 

The American Record Guide includes Weinberg Volume 1 (Quartets 2, 5, 8, published by Chandos Records) on their Critics’ Choice 2021 Best of list [January/February 2022 issue]

This is the first volume of a new Vainberg quartet cycle, the playing is brilliant […], the sound is more spacious and easier on the ears.

[Fifth Quartet] After the introduction in IV, I nearly fell out of my chair in awe when one of the violins repeated the main theme, resembling a flute or duduk (the Armenian double reed instrument) rather than a violin. Never have I heard a violin produce such a tone; I’m still gobsmacked. That passage alone is worth the price of the disc.

(…) the Arcadians have more style and are aided by the superior sound. This promises to be an exciting series!
by Stephen Estep, American Record Guide, July/August 2021 issue 

 

Weinberg Vol 1 is ICMA 2022 Finalist

Weinberg Vol 1 is ICMA 2022 Finalist

 

Such an extraordinary news: our Weinberg Volume 1 released by Chandos Records is an International Classical Music Awards Finalist! We are beyond excited and grateful for this acknowledgment. [December 13, 2021]
 
"The initial list with a total of 377 nominations has been reduced to three releases per category, the finalists for 2022. ICMA President Remy Franck says: « This year again, many of the nominations were strongly backed by over fifty percent of the jurors. These releases collected many points through all rounds. And when almost 90% of the nominated productions had been eliminated, we started on finding the winner in each of our 16 award categories, the one being inducted in ICMA’s Hall of fame reuniting all the winners from the past years. The winner is chosen from a list of three finalists. » The names of the winners who will receive their trophy at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg on 21 April 2022, will be published on Tuesday 18 January 2022." – source: ICMA
Weinberg Volume 1 received the German Record Critics’ Award this Spring

Weinberg Volume 1 received the German Record Critics’ Award this Spring

 

Another fantastic news: Weinberg Volume 1, released by Chandos Records has received the German Record Critics’ Award this Spring. Our CD has been nominated in the Quarterly Critic’s Choice 2/2021 Long List in Chamber Music (only strings) section and chosen as the Winner of the category.
 
Weinberg Vol 1 nominated for ICMA 2022

Weinberg Vol 1 nominated for ICMA 2022

 

Exciting news: our Weinberg Vol. 1 has been nominated for the 2022 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA)! We are greatly honoured that our recording by Chandos Records is included in this great list of releases. [November 16, 2021]
 
"The International Classical Music Awards ICMA today announced the nominations for their Awards 2022, celebrating the best musicians and recordings. This year’s nominations include many renowned soloists, ensembles, conductors and orchestras as well as a lot of young musicians, many of them being first-nominees. A total of 377 audio (+12) and video productions from 129 labels (+7) have been nominated. The finalists will be known by 14 December. The winners of the prestigious ICMA Awards will be revealed on 20 January 2022."
 
Source: ICMA
WDR 3 gives 5-4-5 star review for Weinberg 1 on 'Albums of the Week' programme

WDR 3 gives 5-4-5 star review for Weinberg 1 on 'Albums of the Week' programme

 

WDR 3 (Westdeutscher Rundfunk 3) reviewed our newest record Weinberg Vol. 1 in last week's (March 15, 2021-March 19, 2021) Die Alben der Woche (Albums of the Week) radio programme. To listen back the review click here and check out all the amazing albums on the week's programme here.

 

BBC Music Magazine gives 5 star review for Weinberg 1

BBC Music Magazine gives 5 star review for Weinberg 1

 

BBC Music Magazine gives a 5-star review for our latest release of Weinberg String Quartets. Also it is included in the the best chamber music recordings category of The best classical albums released in 2021 so far by BBC Music Magazine.
“The Arcadia’s evident enthusiasm for the music is perfectly conveyed here with playing that maximises the emotional range explored in each work, as well as exploiting to the full the music’s tonal and textural varieties and its underlying sense of unease.” Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
Weinberg Vol. 1 is Record of the Week

Weinberg Vol. 1 is Record of the Week

 

Our freshly released Weinberg String Quartets Vol. 1 has been declared Record of the Week by the Record Review of BBC Radio 3 today (09/01/2021)! You can listen back the programme presented by Andrew McGregor, the announcement and the review can be found at minute 2:29:03: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r3d6

Thank you BBC Radio 3, such an honour!

Our first Weinberg album is here!

Our first Weinberg album is here!

 

We are extremely happy and proud of our new disc that was released today, on January 8, 2021: the first album of the Mieczysław Weinberg quartet series through Chandos Records! String Quartets no. 2, 5 and 8 are on the first disk, 14 more quartets to go for the full cycle. This is our second record made by Chandos Records.

To order, stream or download check out the following link: http://lnk.to/WeinbergArcadia

 

Press quotes/articles 2021

Press quotes/articles 2021

 

15 March 2021
Die Alben der Woche (Albums of the Week) – WDR 3 
CD-Kritik: Arcadia Quartet spielt Mieczyslaw Weinberg
WDR 3 (Westdeutscher Rundfunk 3) reviewed our newest record Weinberg Vol. 1 in last week's (March 15, 2021-March 19, 2021) Die Alben der Woche (Albums of the Week) radio programme and gave it 5-4-5 stars. To listen back the review click here and check out all the amazing albums on the week's programme here.
 
1 February 2021
Suplimentul de Cultură
„Vrem să înlăturăm întunericul, acea pătură de necunoaștere ce acoperă opera lui Weinberg“
Cvartetul Arcadia și primul volum al cvartetelor de Mieczysław Weinberg. Interviu cu Traian Boală
„În cele trei lucrări de pe disc, interpretarea cvartetului Arcadia este una pasionantă, de tulburătoare intensitate în redarea spectrului, de o spectaculoasă complexitate emoțională, de la oniric la tumultos. Cvartetul Arcadia are un sunet penetrant, cu tensiuni și eliberări, cu o interiorizare a tempourilor capricioase ce traversează pe rând anxietăți profunde și frumuseți transparente. Acest prim volum dintr-o integrală ce se anunță promițătoare, poate fi, prin calitatea interpretării, impuls și argument în descoperirea muzicii lui Mieczysław Weinberg.”
by Cătălin Sava, suplimentuldecultura.ro
 
21 January 2021
Weinberg: String Quartets Nos 2, 5 & – 5 out of 5 star rating
BBC Music Magazine gives a 5-star review for our latest release of Weinberg String Quartets.
“The Arcadia’s evident enthusiasm for the music is perfectly conveyed here with playing that maximises the emotional range explored in each work, as well as exploiting to the full the music’s tonal and textural varieties and its underlying sense of unease.”
Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
 
9 January 2021
Our freshly released Weinberg String Quartets Vol. 1 has been declared Record of the Week by the Record Review of BBC Radio 3 on January 9, 2021. You can listen back the programme presented by Andrew McGregor, the announcement and the review can be found at minute 2:29:03: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r3d6
 
5 January 2021
The best classical albums released in 2021 so far
Weinberg String Quartets Vol. 1 is included in the the best chamber music recordings category.
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
 
3 September 2018
Innersound Festival 2018
Recitalul cvartetului Arcadia – prin ochii unui muzicolog
“Cvartetul Arcadia = renume, diplomat cultural al României, idealul interpret visat de compozitorii de pretutindeni.”
by Mioara Bâscă 
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.

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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)