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Reviews FAURÉ QUARTET
 

Suddeutsche.de 11/05/2017 : Perfekt anmutende Homogenität
…In Schumanns Es-Dur Klavierquartett entfalteten die vier Protagonisten einen hoch differenzierten, in seiner homogenen Geschmeidigkeit fast perfekt anmutenden Vortrag. …. Aber vor allem war es ein detailsicheres Agieren der Musiker, welche die Interpretation zum Ereignis machten.
Das Publikum, das noch Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Klavierquartett Nr. 2 und als Zugabe Dvoraks/Kreislers "Als die alte Mutter" lauschen durfte, feierte das Fauré Quartet begeistert. Wie sagte die argentinische Pianistenlegende Martha Argerich: "Wer das Fauré Quartett hört, möchte es wieder hören." - Udo Watter - Article

www.concertonet.com 18/01/2014
…Robustes et enflammées, les interprétations se signalent par une solide cohésion entre les membres de la formation. La prise de risque compromet parfois la finition mais la sonorité d’ensemble surpasse celle de chaque interprète. …Dirk Mommertz, Erika Geldsetzer, Sascha Frömbling et Konstantin Heidrich accusent fermement les contrastes sans négliger l’architecture et restituent le contenu expressif de ces partitions sans perdre le fil conducteur. Le Quatuor Fauré prend congé du public avec une adaptation étonnante du « Ballet des poussins dans leurs coques » des Tableaux d’une exposition de Moussorgski. - Sébastien Foucart

www.classicalsource.com 12/09/2011 : Fauré Quartet at Wigmore Hall
Brahms : Piano Quartet in A, Op.26 :The Fauré Quartet was particularly good at differentiating the muted and non-muted string passages in the Poco adagio. …Brahms’s amazing scherzo was very well done. In fact, all evening the piano- and string-playing per se was of a very high standard,
Mendelssohn : Piano Quartet in F minor, Op.2 - …the return of the Adagio’s main theme on the piano, towards the end of the movement, was memorable. …The tiny ‘Scherzino’ from Alexander Tansman’s Suite-Divertissement was played in so natural, relaxed and entertaining a fashion that I was left longing to hear the whole work. - Tully Potter

www.classicalsource.com 1/10/2010: Hampstead and Highgate Festival 2010
Mozart:Piano Quartet in G minor, K478 - The calibre of the four musicians was clear from the outset. …The Fauré Quartett’s fiery performance, with a particularly driven piano part from Dirk Mommertz, had the stature of this great, complex work at its fingertips, completely at ease with the drama of the first movement as with the veiled romance of the sublime Andante.
Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet in F minor, Op.2 - …Dirk Mommertz was very firmly in the driving seat, fulfilling a dazzlingly virtuosic role to which the strings largely play ‘second fiddle’. He whipped up a perfect storm of relentlessly glittering passagework with almost comical insouciance, and somehow managed to engineer a smile out of the more-relaxed finale.
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47-Fauré Quartett  - Konstantin Heidrich’s melting cello ’song’ in the slow movement will linger for some time, and the performance as a whole was remarkable for its lovely warmth and breadth, and the players brought an intuitive ear to Schumann’s inimitable style of fantasy. …The Fauré Quartett is scheduled to play no fewer than three times at the Wigmore Hall next year. Don’t miss! - Peter Reed 

www.parool.nl 14/04/2010 : Pop: Fauré Quartett - Popsongs
Wie de vermetele pogingen die zijn gedaan om klassieke muziek op de een of andere manier te integreren met popmuziek overziet, stuit op een berg van mislukte projecten. …Het Duitse Fauré Quartett, een pianokwartet, dus bestaand uit viool, altviool, cello en piano, laat op het album Popsongs horen dat het ook anders kan. Het kwartet speelt vijftien nummers uit de 'betere popmuziek' in hele bijzondere, schitterende arrangementen, al kun je net zo goed zeggen dat de arrangeurs de nummers volledig hebben gehercomponeerd en vertaald naar pianokwartet.
Nummers als Here comes the flood van Peter Gabriel, Between the bars van Elliott Smith, Chop suey! van System of a down enCharlie Freak van Steely Dan zijn alleen voor de luisteraar die de originelen héél goed kent nog herkenbaar en echt klassieke, frisse muziek geworden. Een perfecte brug tussen twee genres. Wonderlijk geslaagd. - Erik Voermans

www.ChicagoTimeOut.com 25/02/2010 CD Brahms: Piano Quartets (DG)
Brahms’s expansive piano quartets are technically demanding works, but any potential difficulties are putty in the hands of Fauré Quartett. …the German foursome tackles two of the composer’s quartets with extraordinary depth and dynamism. Sharpened and synchronized over 15 years of playing together, violinist Erika Geldsetzer, violist Sascha Frömbling, cellist Konstantin Heidrich and pianist Dirk Mommertz meld their abilities eloquently, communicating the essence of Brahms with fluent spontaneity, warmth and vividness.
…The following Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 6 - is further proof of the group’s ability to enter the composer’s world for half an hour. The Karlsruhe-based musicians are on an ongoing quest to capture the definitive Brahms sound. With this recording, they just may have nailed it. -  Mia Clarke

 

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