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COMING UP Danielpour
COMING UP Danielpour

String Quartet N.5, N.6 and the world premiere of N.7

The DSQ begins its collaboration with Grammy Award-winning American composer Richard Danielpour on May 18 2014 when they perform his String Quartet no. 5 ("In Search of la Vita Nuova") for the Mainly Mozart Festival in Coral Gables.  In January 2015, the DSQ adds Danielpour's Quartet no. 6 ("Addio") for two subscription performances. In May 2015, the DSQ joins with internationally renowned soprano Hila Plitmann to record Danielpour's Quartet no.7 for soprano and string quartet, a work specially commissioned for the DSQ.  Also on the disc will be Quartets nos. 5 and 6, all produced by Grammy Award winner Judith Sherman, who produced the last two recording projects of the DSQ.

COMING UP Danielpour

“una nueva forma de mirar, entender y percibir la música de diferentes épocas”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording ”

MusicWeb International

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“intelligent and sensitive...glories in...colorations and shared emphasis”

Fanfare Magazine 

“Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“This is an excellent recital. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. ”

American Record Guide

“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del admirable violinista”

REVISTA SCHERZO

“I highly commend Mr. Cotik for his innovative interpretations and I hope many future audiences will  experience his musical excellence”

Gary Burton

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista”

REVISTA RITMO

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern with Daniel Baremboim and Lydia Mordkovitch, but this duo pretty much ticks all the boxes”

MusicWeb International

“If you love the solo violin, you won't find a better recording to suit your tastes”

OBSERVER TODAY

“this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”

MusicWeb International

“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before....Cotik handles it beautifully, with tremendous clarity of line and evenness of tone”

INFODAD.COM

“clarity and tonal opulence rare in recordings of violin music”

Fanfare Magazine

“excellent violin playing...extremely enjoyable interpretations of music that I love”

American Record Guide

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

“wonderful album…impressive for the elegance and sensitivity of the interpretations”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“should leave listeners almost breathless…a vibrancy and attention to detail...strong individuality and… vitality”

Fanfare Magazine

“un violinista excelente... que recoge una forma rigurosa, natural y fuera de lo común de entender e interpretar la música”

Docenotas

“absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded”

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla...dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran...algo genial.”

Luis Andarcia, VENUE MAGAZINE

“exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.”

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well  ”

American Record Guide

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“violinist Tomas Cotik is always up for a new challenge”

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“Cotik phrases this music with such feeling, making you wonder if it could possibly sound better in any other performance.”

Classical Net

“a musician who prepares thoroughly and has great respect for the music he performs”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“un disco la cui qualità riesce a proporre la freschezza affascinante della cultura musicale germanica come nuova, come se non si fossero mai ascoltate prima”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“I find the Cotik and Lin performances most interesting and the sound on their disc is excellent”

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, but also as creative mind.”

Musical Toronto

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.”

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”

INFODAD.COM

“recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings”

South Florida Classical Review

“Cotik makes Kreisler seem almost smarmy, Isabelle Faust almost mannered, and Julia Fischer as though she's filed down the detail”

Fanfare Magazine

“I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person”

Gary Burton

“I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke”

CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY

“The technical qualities of the recording - which is on the NAXOS label, by the way - are excellent.”

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“true treasure...one of the latest gems to emerge from the season”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp”

Classical Net

“bemerkenswert, kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen...auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”

PIZZICATO

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

“this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it.”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

Reviews

Palm Beach Arts Paper, June 2015

The Quartet No. 7, which Danielpour has subtitled Psalms of Solace, gets its world premiere Sunday when the Delray String Quartet debuts it at the Mainly Mozart Festival in Coral Gables. The Cuban-born soprano Maria Aleida will be the soloist in the fourth and final movement. Although this will be the premiere, the Delray recorded the work last week at Miami’s Hit Factory with Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman for a disc on Naxos of Danielpour’s Fifth, Sixth and Seventh quartets; the soloist on the recording is the Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann.


The composer has said in the past that he wanted the Seventh to be his last string quartet... and his entire quartet output, has a special meaning for him.


Greg Stepanich


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Miami Clasica, June 2015

Sunday solace from the summer heat


The world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s String Quartet No. 7 (Psalms of Solace), performed by the Delray String Quartet and soprano Maria Aleida, was the evening’s pièce de resistance. One of the most prolific of American composers in all musical genres, Danielpour is specially known for his chamber pieces, which grant preeminence to the human voice as an expressive vehicle... The work enables the various string instruments to show off in succession and ends with the inclusion of voice as the fifth string. Maria Aleida’s voice came through clear and sparkling, differentiating itself from the framework created by the violins, viola and cello. It should be noted that the Delray ensemble is currently recording the a series of Danielpour quartets.


Sebastian Spreng


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Palm Beach Arts Paper, June 2015

Delray SQ, Aleida deliver impressive Danielpour at Mainly Mozart


For two centuries or more, the string quartet has been the favored medium for a composer’s most intimate, profound thoughts. In his series of quartets, the American composer Richard Danielpour has explored themes of the Holocaust (No. 3, Psalms of Sorrow) and farewell (No. 6, Addio), and for his Quartet No. 7, which received its world premiere May 31 in Coral Gables at the Mainly Mozart Festival, he has turned to a more hopeful message of human potential.The Delray quartet, which had the recorded the piece the week before with producer Judith Sherman, played with precision and care, keeping the half-light of the music steady.  incantatory lines, in a cannily scored accompaniment that has texture but still lets the singer have the spotlight. Danielpour’s Seventh Quartet is a well-constructed, deeply felt piece that would make a good addition for a string quartet ensemble looking for some programming variety and some easy-to-grasp contemporary composition. It seems to me that the fourth movement is actually too short to make the best impact it could, even given whole slow movement before it. It has a Mahlerian pace from the beginning of the Adagietto, and it’s a pace that calls for serious breadth.


 Greg Stepanich


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