Cuarteto Casals

String Quartet

Vera Martínez Mehner
Violin
Abel Tomàs Realp
Violin
Jonathan Brown
Viola
Arnau Tomàs Realp
Cello
"A pianist's right hand never has to argue with her left, whereas in a quartet, the integrity of each voice places a unique burden on the others. From the horizontal perspective we are four distinct and highly opinionated voices, from the vertical we are a whole, four interlocking and interdependent voices working in concert."
Cuarteto Casals, 2018
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Biography

Founded in 1997 at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Cuarteto Casals celebrated its 20th anniversary season with an especially ambitious, multi-year project: a six-concert series of the complete Beethoven quartets, accompanied by six commissioned works from composers of its generation, performed in cities throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America including London, Vienna, Berlin and Tokyo. Highlights of coming seasons include cycles of the complete late Mozart quartets as well as projects focusing on Hungarian composers Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág.

Since winning First Prizes at the London and Brahms-Hamburg competitions, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, among many others around the world.
„Overwhelming, sensational, at the moment peerlessly good”Martin Wilkening, Berliner Zeitung, January 2018
The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the harmonia mundi label, including to date 12 CD’s, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, through 20th Century greats Debussy, Ravel and Zemlinsky, as well as a live Blue-Ray recording of the complete Schubert quartets for Neu Records. In 2018 the first of a three-volume recording of the Beethoven quartets was released on the harmonia mundi label to great critical acclaim; the second box-set will be released in 2019 and the final group in 2020, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

A prize from the prestigious Burletti-Buitoni Trust in London enabled the quartet to begin a collection of matching Baroque and Classical period bows which it uses for works from Purcell through Schubert, refining its ability to distinguish between diverse musical styles. In addition, the quartet has been profoundly influenced by its work with living composers, especially György Kurtág, and has given the world premiere of quartets written by leading Spanish composers, including a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra by Francisco Coll, premiered with the Orquesta Nacional de España.

In recognition of its unique contributions to the cultural life within Catalunya and throughout Spain, Cuarteto Casals has been acknowledged as cultural ambassadors by the Generalitat of Catalunya and the Institut Ramon Lull, as well as the Ministerio de Cultura. Past awards include the Premio Nacional de Música, the Premi Nacional de Cultura de Catalunya and the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. The quartet performs yearly on the extraordinary collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid, where it will be quartet in residence through 2020.

In addition to giving much sought-after masterclasses, Cuarteto Casals is quartet in residence at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside.

2018 / 2019
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Contacts: Juliette Dufau, Ellen Bäuerle

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Programme

Mozart Cycle 2020
2019 / 2020
Programme I

Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 33 No. 3 Hob III:39 “The Bird”
Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat major, KV 458 “The Hunt”
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Schubert: String Quintet in C major, Op. 163 D 956 (1828)

Programme II

Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat major, KV 589
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Programme III

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18 No. 2
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 ”Razumovsky”

Schedule

21.01.2019
19:30 Uhr
Bern, CH / Konservatorium
Cuarteto Casals
01.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Milton Court Concert Hall
Cuarteto Casals, Fiona Shaw
03.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Milton Court Concert Hall
Cuarteto Casals, Tamara Stefanovich, Gerard McBurney
09.02.2019
19:00 Uhr
Barcelona, ES / L'Auditori
Cuarteto Casals, Alexander Melnikov
10.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
Aarhus, DK / Musikhuset Aarhus, Symphonic hall
Cuarteto Casals
11.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
Hellerup, DK / Helleruplund Kirke
Cuarteto Casals
13.02.2019
20:00 Uhr
Berlin V, DE / Philharmonie
Cuarteto Casals
23.02.2019
20:00 Uhr
San Francisco, CA, US / Herbst Theater
Cuarteto Casals
24.02.2019
16:00 Uhr
Santa Fe, NM, US / St. Francis Auditorium
Cuarteto Casals
26.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
Napa, CA, US / First United Methodist Church
Cuarteto Casals
27.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
Salt Lake City, UT, US / Libby Gardener Concert Hall (University of Utah)
Cuarteto Casals
01.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Madison, WI, US / Wisconsin Memorial Union Theatre, Shannon Hall
Cuarteto Casals
03.03.2019
14:00 Uhr
Hamilton, ON, CA / Art Gallery of Hamilton
Cuarteto Casals
04.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Ottawa, CA /
Cuarteto Casals
05.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Shaker Heights, OH, US / Plymonth Church of Shaker Heights
Cuarteto Casals
11.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Reutlingen, DE / Stadthalle Reutligen im Bürgerpark
Cuarteto Casals
12.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Hamburg, DE / Laeiszhalle
Cuarteto Casals
30.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Lörrach, DE / Burghof Lörrach
Cuarteto Casals
01.05.2019
11:00 Uhr
Schwetzingen, DE / Schwetzinger Schloß
Cuarteto Casals

Discography

Inventions
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 18 No. 1
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 18 No. 3
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 18 No. 4

String Quartet No. 9, Op. 14
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59 No. 1

String Quartet No. 12, Op. 127
String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135

Schubert: Complete String Quartets #2 - Live in Barcelona
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 4, D 46
String Quartet No. 1, D 18
String Quartet No. 9, D 173

Schubert: Complete String Quartets #1 - Live in Barcelona
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 7, D 94
String Quartet No. 5, D 68
String Quartet No. 14, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"

Mozart: String Quartets dedicated to Haydn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 14, K.387
String Quartet No. 16, K.428/421b
String Quartet No. 19, K.465

Haydn: The Seven Last Words
Joseph Haydn
The Seven Last Words of Christ, Hob.XX:2

20th Century String Quartets
Claude Debussy
String Quartet, Op. 10

Alexander von Zemlinsky
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet, Op. 35

Eduard Toldrà
Vistes al mar

Joaquín Turina
Oración del torero

Schubert
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 10, Op. 125/1 D.87
String Quartet No. 15, Op. 161 D.887

Boccherini: La musica notturna di Madrid
Luigi Boccherini
String Quintet G. 324, Op. 30 No. 6
String Quintet No. 6, G.275, Op. 11 No. 5
String Quartet G. 205, Op. 32 No. 5
Guitar Quintet No. 6, G. 448

Eckart Runge - Cello
Carles Trepat - Guitar

Metamorphosis
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91

György Ligeti
String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes"

György Kurtág
12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op. 13

Haydn
Joseph Haydn
String Quartets, Op. 33

Brahms: Complete String Quartets and Piano Quintet
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet, Op. 51 No. 1
String Quartet, Op. 51 No. 2
String Quartet, Op. 67 No. 3
Piano Quintet, Op. 34

Claudio Martínez Mehner - Piano

Influencias
Maurice Ravel
String Quartet, Op. 35

Eduard Toldrà
Vistes al mar

Joaquín Turina
Oración del torero

Mozart: The Early Quartets
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 1, K. 80
Divertimento K. 136
Divertimento K. 137
Divertimento K. 138
String Quartet No. 2, K. 155

String Quartet No. 3, K. 156
String Quartet No. 4, K. 157
String Quartet No. 5, K. 158
String Quartet No. 6, K. 159
String Quartet No. 7, K. 160
String Quartet No. 8, K. 168

String Quartet No. 9, K. 169
String Quartet No. 10, K. 170
String Quartet No. 11, K. 171
String Quartet No. 12, K. 172
String Quartet No. 13, K. 173

Debussy & Zemlinsky
Claude Debussy
String Quartet, Op. 10

Alexander von Zemlinsky
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15

Videos

Beethoven Complete String Quartets, vol. 1
Cuarteto Casals 20th Anniversary
Schubert Complete String Quartets # 2

Contact

Juliette Dufau
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Ellen Bäuerle
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