“The second half made the trip to the Sala worthwhile. It celebrated the 100th anniversaries of the births of Jose Siqueira (1907-1985) and Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993), with the Quarteto Radamés Gnattali performing the Quartet no. 2 of the former, and Quartet no. 3 of the latter. The Siqueira drew heavily on Northeastern folk music, particularly in the stunningly beautiful and lyrical Andante. The Guarnieri was more modern (violently urban) in its outer movements, but also drew on Northeastern idioms in the central heart of the work, the Lento. The playing of the Quarteto in these works brought tears to the eyes. Not to be missed”.
Radames Gnattali Quartet is one of the most active and innovative in the Brazilian scene. The group proposed to four composers a tour via railway stations and neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro by mixing strings of the guitar and the quartet, they brought popular sidewalks and streets with a “complexity” of the forms peculiar from the “scholar”. Convergence does not appeal to me in the beginning. I heard the record more insistently than others, “to convince me,” and ended up caught by a beautiful surprise. We started with Mangueira Station (by Mauricio Carrilho) and ended at Central Station (by Sergio Assad) with themes from the “Boss, the train was delayed, so I’m getting now …” which also seems to pervade at least one moment of the series (the movement “Farra na Quinta”) from Leopoldina Station (by Paulo Aragão). These three parts are the most joyful, playful and tuneful, while in Madureira Station Jayme Vignoli seems more concerned with “classical composing.” Many titles known to the samba rhythms and other Rio de Janeiro urban appear and / or raised here and there. Carrilho is taken in the most natural “popular,” Assad sounds like the most imaginative and happy at the confluence of styles and shapes – it would be good if his Central Station attend the concert halls. When music shakes, swings and dances irresistibly, Radames Gnattali Quartet shows why it is a mainstay of the Brazilian musical life at the moment.
“The ensemble demonstrates a great intimacy, as indeed is typical of those who play with a joyfulness, seriousness and competency.”
“Even if the whole production process has taken less than a year, the Radamés Gnattali Quartet endeavored to establish convincing interpretations (not matter if you prefer a quartet in particular in the performance of other ensembles, which is natural) – some quartets of the cycle, as the number 3, 7 and 11, deserve special attention from the listener.” “The result is another notable effort of the Gnattali Radamés Quartet, which goes on in their effort to inventory the string quartets of the leading Brazilian composers.”
One of the most important chamber groups in Brazil, the Radamés Gnattali Quartet appears to be tireless in their recording projects. Recently released a DVD / Bluray with full cycle of string quartets by Villa-Lobos, the group now has a work dedicated to composers that comprise the collective Prelude XXI – Composers of the Present. Radamés Gnattli QUartet appears to be quite at ease in reading these works, adding depth to interpretations.
The complete cycle of Villa-Lobos’s string quartets has been released, recorded by Radamés Gnattali Quartet, in DVD and bluray. The recording is the best in quality technically and musically”…” the DVDs / BluRays now launched have a strong charge of expression, worthy of a peacefull visit. “
“In the history of concert music in our country, some foreign musicians were of great importance, contributing greatly to our culture. The excellent Venezuelan violinist Carla Rincon, first violinist of the fantastic Radames Gnattali Quartet….
“Villa-Lobos to View and Listen to Knees … The release on DVD and Blu-ray of the complete cycle of the String Quartets of Heitor Villa-Lobos performed by the Radamés Gnattali Quartet, from Rio de Janeiro, is something of such importance, that in itself deserves high praise. Care in production is such that we must hold on some details, all fascinating. In the international market there is no complete cycle of string quartets on DVD, except for the Beethoven ouvre. None of the major cycles of the 20th century such as Bartók and Schoenberg were recorded on this technology. If we compare the performance of these recordings with audio recordings of the quartets by Villa-Lobos findable on the market, Radames Gnattali Quartet advantage is not only the fact that there are pictures of executions. The executions commented here are far superior to the Danubius Quartet (Marco Polo label) or Bessler-Reis Quartet (Le Chant Du Monde label). The only recording that rivals Rio’s quartet is the mexican Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Dorian label). The second movement of “Quartet No. 4” is much more evidence of the genius of Villa-Lobos as the excellence of the Gnattali Radames Quartet. You may notice the extraordinary musicality and interplay of the four instrumentalists to see this brilliant phrases passing by each of the instruments. “