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Music is the key 5/04/2019: Fauré Quartett CD PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
…"Pictures at an Exhibition" - a world premiere of the recording as a version for a piano quartet. This brings completely new, unheard colours and gripping drama to Mussorgski's classical work. …" and "Études-Tableaux" from solo piano to orchestral work culminates in the phenomenal sound nuances of the Fauré Quartet. In the epicentre between solo piano and large orchestra, the Fauré Quartet unites the best of two worlds in this unique recording. The violinist Erika Geldsetzer, violist Sascha Frömbling, Konstantin Heidrich on cello and Dirk Mommertz on piano have been a team for over 25 years and can undoubtedly be described as the most influential piano quartet in the world. They are known for breaking new ground, are not afraid to leave the beaten track. Voilà - here you can let the "Pictures at an exhibition" and the "Études" have a completely new effect on you. Article

Classicalsonoma.org 24/03/2019 :  Rare Mahler Quartet at Mill Valley Chamber
They opened with Mahler’s one-movement Quartettsatz in A Major - The music moved through turbulent emotions, and seemed at times like an obsessive meditation on life and death, with passion and tenderness. Ms. Geldsetzer’s playing showed an astonishing range, summoning multiple shades and many voices. Mr. Frömbling’s viola sang brilliantly, and Mr. Mommertz’s virtuosic pianism was at turns sweet and thunderous. Throughout the work Mr. Heidrich’s cello grounded the interpretation with a golden sonority. … It was hard at that moment to imagine a more nuanced or heartrending reading of the piece.
Brahms’ G Minor Piano Quartet, Op. 25, - … The Fauré’s musicians seemed to live each moment with utmost feeling, their bodies and Ms. Geldsetzer’s face expressing each emotion. The section turned military, with a march and the evocation of drums, out of which the violin seemed to sing of life continuing, its rich voice rising above the other performers. The rondo fourth movement was played as an earthy gypsy celebration, Hungarian in sound, with much rubato and a vehement and joyful ensemble. The strings played unison pizzicatos while the piano part featured a cascade of notes. There was a section of waltz, perhaps bringing to mind Vienna where Brahms was living. The players seemed to be having fun with this exciting masterpiece.
When the last notes died away, the audience again rose as one to give an enthusiastic standing ovation that moved the musicians to sit again to play Mr. Mommertz’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Great Gate of Kiev” from his piano work Pictures at an Exhibition. It was a grand finale encore. Abby Wasserman – Review in full

Pizzicato.lu  15/09/2018 : Bekannte Musik, extrem innovativ bearbeitet
Modest Mussorgsky: Bilder einer Ausstellung (Transkr. für Klavierquartett von Dirk Mommertz); Sergei Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux (Bearbeitung für Klavierquartett von Dirk Mommertz und Grigory Gruzman)
…, mit Bearbeitungen bekannter Werke, die weit weg führen vom Original und mit einer ganz anderen, oft gewagten Klanglichkeit faszinieren. Da ist wirklich Mehrwert entstanden!
Das Fauré Quartett liefern mit zum Teil berserkerhaftem, zum Teil aber auch sensuell-zartem Spiel nichts, was man sich eigentlich erwartet hatte. So manches klingt auffallend schräg und wirklich ungewohnt. Vor Dissonanzen schreckten die Bearbeiter nämlich ebenso wenig zurück wie vor klanglicher Schärfe, stupenden Akzenten und dem ‘Hinzumalen’ in den Bildern bez. dem Präzisieren wenn nicht gar Verändern von Stimmungen. Das ist schon immer wieder mal extrem innovativ.
Wer in dieser so bekannten Musik neue Hörerfahrungen machen will, sollte sich diese Aufnahmen anhören. Da ist Staunen angesagt.
Fauré Quartet’s new transcribed versions of Rachmaninov’s and Mussorgsky’s Pictures are stunningly innovative, and the razor-sharp playing brings not only new colors but happens to unveil hidden facets in both works. Remy Franck - Article

Br-klassik.de 24/08/2018:Pictures at an exhibition
Brillante kammermusiker - … Das aus vier Instrumenten Klangfarben mischt und erschafft, die Viktor Hartmanns Bilder in unserer Fantasie noch plastischer werden lassen. All das kann das Fauré-Quartett – brillante Kammermusiker, die sich blind verstehen und uns mitnehmen, entführen. Auf eine Promenade und in eine altbekannte Ausstellung, von der wir dachten, wir hätten eigentlich schon alles gesehen. So kann man sich täuschen. Annika Täuschel - Kritik

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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