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BRAHMS vs TCHAIKOVSKY new CD release

Dear friends,

 

We are very happy to share our latest news.

Our new CD "BRAHMS vs TCHAIKOVSKY" released by Profil Edition Günter Hänssler is available now to download and purchase!

On CD we recorded First string quartets by Brahms and Tchaikovsky using all-gut strings with original tuning of 433Hz.

It makes the recording of this quartets the first the only one of its kind!

The links to buy it at Amazon (UK) is here and Amazon (DE) here.

You also can lietn it in all big streaming sources like Apple Music, Spotify and others!

Sincerely yours,

ASQ

Traunsteiner Tagblatt

Dear friends,

 

Here is our recent review after the recital in Traunsten.

The full review available here.

 

Sincerely, 

ASQ

Museum Villa Rot Review (in german)

Dear friends,

 

Another wonderful review after our recital in beautiful Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden, Baden-Württemberg is available online here.

Thank you for reading!

ASQ

Recent reviews from Fort Worth, US

Dear friends and quartet followers,

Here are two recent reviews in DFW.com and TeatherJons Reviews followed by our recital in Fort Worth, USA available!

We are thankful to all who came to listen to the quartet, both in Forth Worth and Seattle last week.

We are looking forward to come back very soon!

Yours, Atriums

Der Tagesspiegel review for Tchaikovsky 175! in Radialsystem V

Dear Friends,

Another beautiful review in Der Tagesspiegel after our Tchaikovsky's 175 Birthday Concert. The text is below. The link to the web-version is here.

ASQ

 

Tschaikowskys intimer Klang

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Zum 175. Geburtstag von Tschaikowsky entscheidet sich das Radialsystem für Werk statt Vita: Das Atrium Quartett spielt drei späte Streichquartette des russischen Komponisten.Das Atrium String Quartet.

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Das Atrium String Quartet aus Russland: Anton Ilyunin, Anna Gorelova, Alexey Naumenko, Dmitry Pitulko (v. l. n. r.) - FOTO: MARIA BUDTOVA
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Wenn ein Komponist zum 150. Geburtstag geehrt wird, muss das nichts bedeuten – solche Anlässe werden vom Musikbetrieb aus purem Reflex begangen. Wird allerdings ein 175. Wiegenfest gefeiert, dann besteht wirklich Gesprächsbedarf – so wie bei Peter Tschaikowsky, der am 25. April 1840 geboren wurde. Vor allem der Blick auf das Privatleben des homosexuellen Musikers hat sich dramatisch verändert und lässt langsam das Ausmaß an Verdrängung und Verfälschung in Konzertführern, Biografien und Lexika erkennen. Doch schon allein die ungelöste Frage, ob Tschaikowsky zum Suizid gedrängt wurde, zeigt, wie schwierig es ist, ein klares Bild von den psychosozialen Bedingungen zu gewinnen, unter denen der Komponist lebte.

Das Radialsystem meidet bei seiner Geburtstagsfeier die Überforderung, indem es sich dem Komponisten von einer anderen vernachlässigten Seite seines Intimlebens nähert: der Kammermusik. Alle drei reifen Streichquartette Tschaikowskys stellt das in St. Petersburg gegründete Atrium Quartett vor, ergänzt durch das Sextett „Souvenir de Florence“. Zitate aus Briefen Tschaikowskis, die Helena Kolb im Licht einer Schirmlampe vorträgt, reißen rhapsodisch-assoziativ den facettenreichen Kontext an, in dem sich der Komponist bewegte. Seine Heimatliebe unterstreicht zudem das Pausenangebot mit Borschtsch, russischem Salat, Tee und Wodka.

Atrium String Quartet begeistert mit gereiftem Klang

Durchweg begeistert der gereifte Klang des Ensembles, der samtig, aber nicht plüschig, sonor verschmelzend, aber zugleich transparent und bei allem stets anstrengungslos natürlich wirkt. Vielschichtig emotional, aber nie sentimentalisierend verfolgen die Musiker die Entwicklung von der formal noch klassisch geprägten Eingebung des Erstlings in D-Dur hin zum komplexeren Quartett in es-Moll, dessen tragisches andante funebre zu einem Höhepunkt des Abends wird. Lediglich im Rhythmischen neigen die vier Instrumentalisten bisweilen zu einer gewissen Introvertiertheit – doch genau dieser Tendenz wirken der Bratscher Sergey Malov und der Cellist Mikayel Hakhnazaryan als Gäste im Sextett entgegen, das zum mitreißenden Ausklang der Feier wird.

Shostakovich Marathon in Hamburg Review

Dear friends,

We are very happy that our Shostakovich Marathon Project finally went in Germany. Kammermusik Freunden In Hamburg hosted this excited project in a frame of huge Shostakovich week-end. All chamber music of great russian composer performed in three evenings. The Abendblatt newspaper published nice review which we'd like to share with you here

Our good friend Tema Tumanov made few nice shoots during the 10 hours Marathon. We are very thankful to him for this help!

ASQ Wigmore Hall concert review

We are very much excited about our recent Wigmore Hall recital. Many thanks to all of our friends and music lovers who came that evening to the concert! New review after the concert is available on Seen & Heard International. You can read it here.

New interview in Ensemble Magazin 4/14 now available

Dear friends,

New interview of the quartet which we gave to Ensemble Magazin now available in the August/September 2014 issue.

But you can read it now on our web-page! The full review you can find here

 

Yours, 

ASQ

 

 

Birmingham Post Review

 


John Gough reviews Bromsgrove Concerts 50th Anniversary, Atrium Quartet at Bromsgrove Artrix.

 

BROMSGROVE CONCERTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, ATRIUM QUARTET AT BROMSGROVE ARTRIX

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     For 50 years now, Bromsgrove Concerts have been organising vibrant and brilliantly-constructed programmes and this magnificent anniversary concert continued its high standards.

     I was enormously impressed with the Atrium Quartet. Their ability to combine warmth, colour, and intensity with intellectual rigour, secure rhythm and a firm grasp of a work’s architecture made this a very exciting and appropriate event to mark such a celebration. Walton’s rarely played Quartet combined a pervasive and very English melancholy with a propulsive rhythmic drive, the players alive to every change of colour and mood. Their interaction with one another and with the music was spontaneous and intense, especially in the glowing slow movement, (one of Walton’s most deeply-personal inspirations).

     French pianist Nicolas Stavy joined them for two other extremely personal works, the piano quintets by Shostakovich and Elgar. Controlled passion was the watchword in both performances, with a perfect balance between piano and strings, despite the very different textures of the two pieces.

     In the Shostakovich the grandeur of the prelude, and the long, slow fugue, a homage both to Bach and the late works of Beethoven, were clear both in voicing and in balance while maintaining a long-breathed intensity.

Congratulations to Bromsgrove Concerts for a very rewarding evening.

Bromsgrove Concerts 50th Anniversary Concert Review by Seen & Heard International

Recent review after our recital for Bromsgrove Concerts 50th Anniversary available online here.

ASQ review in Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, USA

Dear Friends,

Here is wonderful review after our recital in Santa Fe, NM, USA, written by James M. Keller in Pasatiempo.

You can read the review online here.

Or you can download the PDF file in the Press section.

Yours, ASQ

WEB- PAGE update coming soon

Dear Friends and followers,

 

Our web-page is under re-disign process.

That's why the information provided on site might be partly unactual,

first of all our calendar and media center is not available for the year 2013 now.

We appreciate your kind understanding and hope to reopen the full site very soon!

Sincerely Yours,

ASQ

Saarbruecker Zeitung review

Two concerts with dutch pianist Peter Caelen took place in Saarbruecken and Maastricht recently.

Dvorak piano quintet is one of the "new" pieces in our concert programs. And we glad that the audience reaction was very positive!

The review after the concert in Saarbruecken are available on-line here.

Sincerely yours,

ASQ

ASQ invites young string quartets to Topeka, KS, USA

www.sunflowermusicfestival.org

June 5-15, 2013 Atrium Quartet invites young string quartets to study with us at wonderful Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, KS, USA 
Intensive coaching and great experience are guarantied! Applications could be made on Festival's web-site, scholarships are available as well. 
Please contact the Festival or the Atrium Quartet directly.

ASQ in TOP 10 CDs (Luister Magazine, NL)

We are very proud to announce that the latest CD release of Shostakovich music which we recorded together with pianist Misha Fomin in St Petersburg for RCM (20121) received great review and appeared among TOP 10 CDs!

 

The web-link is available here: Luister Magazine (The Netherlands)
 
Music sample still available on our page here: Shostakovich. Piano Quintet. Scherzo
 
 
Sincerely Yours,
ASQ

Review deSingel Antwerpen 26.3.2012

Dear friends,

Here you can find very nice review written after our debut recital in deSingel Antwerpen on the 26.03.2012.

http://www.klassiek-centraal.be

It is flemish, but for non-flemish speaking audience, it is possible to read it via Google.

Thanks for reading.

ASQ

Plymouth and Huddersfield reviews

Dear friends,

Two recent reviews after our concerts in Plymouth and Huddersfield  in January 2012 available on the web-site!

Thanks for your attention.

ASQ

 

Happy New 2012!

Dear Quartet friends and all music lovers!

HAPPY NEW 2012 YEAR!!!

We wish You all a lot of health, happiness and a lot of great music!

We hope that new year will bring a lot of positive emotions and peace to your homes.

We will see you all very soon in concert halls all over the world!

Sincerely yours,

Anna, Alexey, Anton and Dima

ASQ England Tour October 2011

Here are some impressions after our huge England tour which took place in October. 15 different places, a lot of good impressions. Some of the places we visited for third time already (Leamington Spa & Cockermouth), to few of them it was second visit (Haslemere, Hartlepool and Minehead). We are most thankful to the audience who came to listen to our concerts. Some of our Audience came to us not only once during the tour. You travelled houdred miles just to hear the Quartet once more! Many thanks for this! We appreciate it very much.

We post some of the pictures taken during the tour. Some of we already posted in our Facebook page.

ASQ's Spring. Part I. Scotland and England

To be sure that the ASQ's blog is read not only by "bloggers", but but all of you, please leave your comments after our posts. Thanks! Very interesting and intensive tour in Scotland (11 concerts) and England (6 concerts) took place in March 2011. Why we are writing about it only in June? The reason is very simple. Now it seems even more interesting than right after the tour! Of course, we were very happy to visit all places we have never been before. We have been to Scotland before but that was only single concerts, which did not allowed us to feel real flavor of the country. I think that three weeks still not enough for that reason, but at least we have tried that! We appreciate very much warm hospitality of local people and had very nice and unforgettable experience there. The most exciting part of the tour went in the very north part of Scotland - Thurso and Orkney Islands, the northeast places in Quartet's geography.

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