Keller Quartett - Cantante e tranquillo - ECM 2324



Puller
Keller Quartett - Cantante e tranquillo - ECM 2324
ECM New Series 2324Release: March 2015

András Keller: violin
János Pilz: violin
Zoltán Gál: viola
Ottó Kertész: violoncello
 
András Keller: violin
Zsófia Környei: violin
Zoltán Gál: viola
Judit Szabó: violoncello

Alexei Lubimov, piano


For Cantante e tranquillo Keller Quartett leader András Keller and producer Manfred Eicher developed a carefully balanced program based entirely upon slow movements. “Together we began reviewing the recordings we had made over the last twenty years,” says Eicher, “juxtaposing works of different historical eras, uncovering correspondences between composers of the past and the present.” As a contextual frame for the project it was decided to record the slow movements of Beethoven’s Op.130 and 135, add new recordings of Kurtág, and integrate older and newer interpretations of Knaifel, Ligeti and Bach into the album. Wolfgang Sandner writes in the liner notes: "A wistful charm imbues this entire recording of pieces which though not written together, seem to have been predestined for each other. The sounds are self-evident and self-explanatory. We hear them as music, as beautiful music, as great music."