The Best Classical Releases of March 2018

"The drama of this quartet is more intimate than in Rosamunde, but sounds just as gripping in the hands of the Cologne-based Signum Quartet. The ensemble demonstrates even finer calibrations of its expressive range on settings of five Schubert lieder — including the heart-rending “Die Götter Griechenlands” and the eponymous “Aus der Ferne” — arranged by its violist, Xandi van Dijk"

Zev Kane, WQXR
Signum Quartett - Schubert - Aus der Ferne

The program makes audible the close connection between Schubert's quartet and song compositions, which connection stems on the one hand from the fact that both kinds of compositions were performed in the same circles of friends and admirers of the too early diseased composer, and on the other hand arose from Schubert's strong inclination for a secondary exploitation of songs in favor of instrumental compositions. To reuse melodies in his instrumental compositions secondarily.

Review: Signum Quartet, Chichester Chamber Concerts

"The Signum Quartet played both works superbly, drawing every nuance out of the music with great finesse and boldness"

Phil Hewitt, Worthing Herald
String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam (SQBA) opens with charisma and color

Balm to the soul was provided by the Signum Quartet’s ravishing, organic Beethoven opus 132. Playing as if they shared one and the same breath, the group showed how four can actually become one while casting a spell.

Heather Kurzbauer, Violinist.com

"The Signum’s playing is both clean in its clarity of ensemble and interpretatively full of freshness and life, and its ebullience of spirit in the exhilarating finale is infectious."

In the miniature wonderland of strings

“An exhilarating cocktail.... How wonderful it is when interpreters bring these ideas to life with such verve and intuition ..."

Werner Theurich, Spiegel
Uplifting Lunchtime Beethoven from the Signum String Quartet

“Thoughtful intellectual analysis, complex musicianship, outstanding technical command, meticulous ensemble and a delightful level of imagination persuasively underpinned their Beethoven.

"... the most uplifting lunchtime I have experienced for some time.”

Leon Bosch, Seen and Heard International
Signum Quartet at Wigmore Hall

“The Signum members gave a full-throttled performance [of Beethoven’s Große Fuge op. 133], rising to its many challenges – not the least of which being stamina – with great aplomb. Potentially an impenetrable mess of contrapuntal complexity, here the fugal lines were brought out with dextrous virtuosity.”

Arnold Jarvist, Classical Source
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