The Calidore Quartet (former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and a CV as long as one side of A4 packed full of 10pt copy with only five paragraph breaks) have a new album out on Signum today.
Got myself along to the launch event. Modest yet powerful.
They’re a remarkable bunch of players. Artists with a vision and the ability to not only articulate it but bring together a programme that brings that vision.
‘Resilience’ is their reaction to the bewildering life we’re all living. It’s heartfelt. Authentic too.
And they play with a fierce kind of intensity, on the album and in the interior of a 19th century London townhouse.
My pick is the borderline-bleak second movement of Prokofiev’s second string quartet. It makes sense of the world.
So too the Janacek. Crazy, violent, and mean.
Listen to them carefully. Be the person who introduces their playing to people you know, not the other way around. They are quite quite amazing.
Listen to Calidore String Quartet’s ‘Resilience’ on Signum via Spotify.