New Mozart CD goes straight to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers listing in both the Concertos for Orchestras and Chamber Music String Quartets categories.
Naxos releases Mozart's two most famous Piano Concertos with pianist Alon Glodstein, the Fine Arts Quartet and Rachel Calin.
To make Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 and K. 467 more accessible to the public, the 19th-century composer Ignaz Lachner left the piano parts untouched and made splendid transcriptions of the orchestra parts for just string quartet with added bass. These chamber versions of two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular concertos sound almost as natural as if Mozart had transcribed them himself.
The Fine Arts Quartet receives a standing ovation at their sell-out performance on December 11th. "...a powerhouse of American chamber music..." the Washington Post reported, going on to say "The Fine Arts Quartet turned in a superb and absolutely impassioned performance — a seamless and astute reading from its slashing opening chords to its galloping, heart-racing finale."
The Fine Arts Quartet, with pianist Xiayin Wang, has recorded three chamber music masterpieces by Robert Schumann: the Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet, and Piano Trio (Fairy Tales). The sessions, which took place December 13-16, 2010 at the American Academy of the Arts and Letters in New York, were produced and engineered by Grammy® Award winner Steven Epstein. This CD, the Fine Arts Quartet's 11th recording for the Naxos label, was released in September, 2012. See Naxos News story about the recording session.
During the months July-September 2011, the Fine Arts Quartet appeared in many renowned international festivals, among them: Ottawa's Music and Beyond Festival, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, Lille's Festival Clef de Soleil, Festival des Arcs, Musicales Internationales Guil Durance, Festival Pablo Casals de Prades, Sion Festival, and the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest.
The 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Guide singled out the Fine Arts Quartet's Fauré Quintets CD with pianist Cristina Ortiz on Naxos as a "Gramophone award-winner and recording of legendary status". The Guide also labeled it as, "Simply the best: An unrivalled version, a cornerstone of the catalogue. A real gem!", and listed it as among the Guide's top 100 recordings. "Ideally balanced and recorded, Cristina Ortiz and the Fine Arts Quartet offer performances that are warmly affectionate, fluent and musicianly to the core. Surpassing Domus's fine Hyperion disc, these are outstanding readings."
The Fine Arts Quartet has recorded 3 rareties by "Golden Age" master violinist-composers: the world premiere recording of Efrem Zimbalist's Quartet in E Minor in its 1959 revised edition; the world premiere digital recording of Eugène Ysaÿe's long-lost masterpiece for quartet and string orchestra, "Harmonies du Soir"; and Fritz Kreisler's Quartet in A Minor. Sessions took place 26-30 April, 2010 at the library of Wittem Monastery (Klooster Wittem), The Netherlands. For the Ysaÿe work, the Fine Arts Quartet was joined by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Otis Klöber. For details on this CD, the Fine Arts Quartet's 10th recording for the Naxos label, click here: Naxos. See Naxos News story about the recording session.