Faure Quartett - Athenaeum - 10.09

Romanian Atheneum
Series "Enescu and his contemporaries"
"FAURÉ" QUARTETT (piano, violin, viola and cello)
Erika Geldsetzer violin
Sacha Frömbling viola
Konstantin Heidrich cello
Dirk Mommertz piano

Mahler – "Quartettsatz" in a minor
Enescu – Piano quartet no. 1 op. 16
Fauré - Quartet no. 1 in c minor op. 15
......Martha Argerich said about them: "ANYONE WHO HEARD THE FAURÉ QUARTETT PERFORM WILL WANT TO HEAR IT AGAIN". Knowing this, I wanted to listen to them. And she is so right. The recorded lots of CDs, gave hundred of concerts and this afternoon they came to Bucharest.
......The musicians founded the Fauré Quartett in 1995 taking on his name out of appreciation for the composer’s two piano quartet pieces. It did not take the quartet long to win top prizes and awards for their interpretations including the “Deutsche Schallplattenpreis”, “Echo”-Prize, “Preis des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbes” and the “Parkhouse Award” in Great Britain. Today it is the leading European ensemble in this permanent formation.
......Ten years later, the Fauré Quartett has already climbed to the top as the only such German chamber ensemble. This led to a recording contract with the Deutsche Gramophone in 2006 for the Mozart Anniversary with the two Mozart piano quartets followed by a Brahms CD release, featuring op. 25 and op. 60, only two years later. The Fauré Quartett has performed on the most important international stages in London (Wigmore Hall), Berlin (Philharmonie), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro (Sala Cecilia Meireles) Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon) and in Tokyo, Paris and Milan.
......The quartet is also a regular guest at renowned festivals such as the Martha Argerich Festival Buenos Aires, Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival, Rheingau-Musik-Festival, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Kissinger Sommer to name a few. The Fauré Quartett has toured extensively in West and East Europe, Asia, Mexico, and is a welcome guest in South America, where the Fauré Quartett has already traveled throughout this continent for the fifth time. (http://www.faurequartett.de/)
......I couldn't help noticing there were not too many people in the hall. Maybe the hour is not proper and many of those who would have liked to be there are still at work. But I'm sure that next week when Murray Perahia plays there won't be a single spot empty.
......Chamber orchestras, trios, quartets always play with joy and dedication. They feel the music and send the energy to the audience. For this afternoon the Faure Quartett chose beautiful pieces and those who spent 2 hours at the Athenaeum rewarded them with many applauses.
Here's a promo video clip for them

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