About the album
The Calidore Quartet present their first disc on Signum Records – a collection of quartets by Janáček, Prokofiev, Golijov and Mendelssohn. The pieces were the products of four compelling personal narratives: an escape from the NAZI eastern offensive in WWII, a life caught in the crosshairs of a surge of violence in the Middle East, the sudden death of one’s closest friend and the struggle of being trapped in a loveless marriage. Felix Mendelssohn and Leoš Janáček turned to their art to find an outlet for their personal grief while Sergei Prokofiev and Osvaldo Golijov used their compositions to make sense of a world that was turned upside down by violent conflict.
Because of and despite these origins the works are imbued with emotional potency, and the quartet hope that that these works can provide “a message of hope because they illuminate the human potential to create beauty even in the darkest of circumstances.”
The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today.
11String Quartet No. 1, Op. 92 I. Allegro sostenuto
12String Quartet No. 1, Op. 92 II. Adagio
13String Quartet No. 1, Op. 92 III. Allegro
14String Quartet No. 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata' I. Adagio
15String Quartet No. 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata' II. Con moto
16String Quartet No. 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata' III. Con moto
17String Quartet No. 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata' IV. Con moto (adagio)
19String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80 I. Allegro vivaci assai
110String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80 II. Allegro assai
111String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80 III. Adagio
112String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80 IV. Finale. Allegro molto