Cuarteto Casals

String Quartet

Vera Martínez Mehner
Violin
Abel Tomàs Realp
Violin
Jonathan Brown
Viola
Arnau Tomàs Realp
Cello
"A young quartet is a chaotic mix of influences and aspirations which need to molded over time into a distinct and coherent voice. This process takes a great deal of time, sacrifice and patience, all of which are often in short supply in the most important years of a quartet's formation."
Cuarteto Casals, Fifteen Questions, 2017
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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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2020 / 2021
Mozart: The 10 last String Quartets
Autumn 2020

Mozart: String Quartet No. 20 in D major, K 499 ”Hoffmeister”
Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K 575 ”The Violet” (Prussian Quartet No. 1)
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Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K 589 (Prussian Quartet No. 2)
Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K 590 (Prussian Quartet No. 3)

 

Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K 387
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
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Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K 428 (421b)

 

Mozart: String quartet No. 17 in B-flat major, K 458 ”Hunt”
Mozart: String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K 464
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Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K 465 ”Dissonance”

Beethoven/Shostakovich
with Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
Autumn 2020

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 ”Ghost”
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 ”Quartetto serioso”
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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

 

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
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Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (excerpts)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat major, Op. 127

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 with “Große Fuge” Op. 133

Programme I
from January 2021

Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat major, K 589 “Prussian Quartet No. 2”
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”

Programme II
from March 2021

Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No. 4 Hob. III: 34
Mendelssohn: Capriccio for String Quartet E minor, Op. 81 No. 3 MWV R 32
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Webern: Five movements for String Quartet, Op. 5
Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91

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Mozart Cycle 2020
2019 / 2020

Schedule

04.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Köln, DE / Kölner Philharmonie
Cuarteto Casals
06.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Neumarkt II, DE / Festsaal im Historischen Reitstadel
Cuarteto Casals
17.06.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Cuarteto Casals, Alban Gerhardt
19.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Barcelona, ES / Palau de la Música Catalana
Cuarteto Casals, Alban Gerhardt
27.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Istanbul, TR / Neve Shalom Synagogue
Cuarteto Casals
28.07.2019
18:00 Uhr
Alcobaça, PT / Mosteiro de Alcobaça
Cuarteto Casals
01.08.2019
21:30 Uhr
Menton, FR / Parvis Saint Michel
Cuarteto Casals, Bertrand Chamayou
06.08.2019
11:00 Uhr
Edinburgh, GB / The Queen's Hall
Cuarteto Casals
29.08.2019
20:30 Uhr
Foz, ES / Basilica de San Martino de Mondonedo
Cuarteto Casals
31.08.2019
21:00 Uhr
Vilabertran, ES / Canònica de Santa Maria
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

Lenemarie Leukefeld
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Ellen Bäuerle
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