A review from the Casals Festival in Prades, France, 8/2015

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For those who do fancy the concept, the Shanghai Quartet recently recorded the controversial Fourth Piano Concerto arrangement, recorded live and in studio with some wonderful playing by the Lithuanian pianist Muza Rubackytė; the result is warmly appealing and quite overwhelming in times in its intimate distillation of Beethoven’s large-scale outpouring of song.
The evening’s pièce de résistance was inevitably the Shanghai Quartet’s Beethoven’s intensely serious laying out of the succession of terse, epigrammatic bits and pieces of melody and absolute fury that is the shortest of composer’s 16 full-fledged quartets, revealing rather than forcing, letting the music speak from the composer’s burning heart and keenly analytical head, in the city where after his self-imposed exile from Franco’s Spain, Casals continued to keep music’s spirit burning pure and bright.

A summer review from the Rockport Chamber Music Festival

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Shanghai Quartet becomes cultural ambassadors


A lovely article in the local paper in Syracuse NY in anticipation of our upcoming visit to the Skaneateles Festival!!


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World Premiere: Du Yun’s Tattooed in Snow

On February 8, 2015 the Shanghai Quartet will premiere Du Yun’s Tattooed in Snow, commissioned by Peak Performances, Montclair Sate University. This work explores the temporary, fragile crystallization of art in nature and in space, often formed by the repetition of a small idea processed over a long period of time. The players of the Shanghai become four pillars of a musical space; a chant begins to move among them, layers, repeats and takes shape in the manner of a sculpture in sand or snow.

This work is inspired by these delicate art forms as well as chant and poetry, building on Du Yun’s work with both visual and spoken-word artists. This piece will provide a different kind of platform for the Shanghai Quartet and their audience: an experience drawn from one of the richest resources of western music.

The Shanghai Quartet has a long history of championing new music with 27 commissions and world premieres over 30 years.

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