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W.A.Mozart: Vol.2 KV80, 488, 499 (Release June 2019)


The new album MOZART Vol. 2 of the Armida Quartet will be released on 28 June 2019 on CAvi-music. The recording was co-produced by Bayrischer Rundfunk BR-KLASSIK and features KV 80, KV 458 (The Hunt) and KV 499 (Hoffmeister Quartet) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A special feature for all string quartet fans is the use of the new Mozart Urtext Edition by G.Henle Verlag!

"A composer’s manuscript obviously represents the most important stage of composition, the first valid formulation of a work. But in this case the discrepancies in the first edition are so striking that we must assume that Mozart made the changes himself, thus transcending the manuscript stage. For example, at the beginning of the development section in the first movement of the “Hoffmeister” Quartet K. 499, all previous editions indicated forte. The new Henle edition omits it, since it was added later. The Armida Quartet plays the passage pianissimo, and I find this thoroughly convincing.“ -  Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, G.Henle Verlag



Wettbewerbsausschreibung
Gesucht wird ein innovativer Entwurf für Bühnenkleidung eines klassischen Streichquartetts, mit dem höchsten künstlerischen Anspruch. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an junge Designer*innen, die sich gern mit innovativen Techniken und besonderen Konzepten beschäftigen.
Ziel ist eine Plattform zu schaffen für eine Symbiose der Künste - die Konzertkleidung als einzigartiges Zwitter zwischen Kostüm und Robe; zwischen Illustration der Musik und subtiler Untermalung -
ein Kunstwerk am Künstler. Eine Bezugnahme auf die Arbeit des Streichquartetts und/oder auf die Themengebiete „Frau zeitgenössische Kunst“ ist erwünscht. Experimentelles Modedesign, konzeptionelle Arbeiten, tragbare Kunst, Kostüme als Installation und nicht realisierte Projekte sind
 benfalls zugelassen und erwünscht.

Bewerbung/Teilnahme
Alle Designer*innen ab Jahrgang 1984 sind teilnahmeberechtigt.
Die Bewerbung enthält:
- 3 ausgearbeitete Skizzen für ein Streichquartett (2 Frauen, 2 Männer) inkl. Konzept und Materialbeschreibung: 1 Front-, 1 Rückansicht und 1 freie Illustration
- tabellarischer Lebenslauf
Einsendeschluss: 01.09.2019
per E-Mail an info@armidaquartett.com

Preise
Der 1. Preis erhält u.A. Werbeflächen, Ausstellungs-Performance- Angebote sowie einen Vertrag über eine Zusammenarbeit mit dem auf internationaler Bühne tätigen Ensemble inklusive
angemessenem Honorar. Das preisgekrönte Kostüm wird an ausgesuchten internationalen Bühnen im Konzert getragen und gebührend präsentiert.





NEW on the YouTube Channel

Johannes Julius Fischer: "canons and sparrows" for string quartet

written for the Armida Quartett in 2016, commissioned by BBC radio 3


US Tour April 2018

From 1.-12. April the Armida Quartet is to be heard in the United States for the first time! The tour includes, among others, concerts in Williamsburg and Boston as well as an episode of MOZART EXPLODED in New York!

More information here ...


Cooperation with the G.Henle Verlag

In close cooperation with the G.Henle Verlag the Armida Quartet took part in the new edition of all string quartets by W.A.Mozart - the first volume of this freshly edited G.Henle Verlag Gesamtausgabe has now been launched on the market!
Find more information here


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


latest recording: FUGA MAGNA Video Trailer!


Masterclass with the Armida Quartet

Between the 24th and 26th of July, 2017, Armida Quartet is giving a masterclass for string quartets. This is an unique opportunity to intensely study the outstanding quartet repertoire while being surrounded by the beautiful ambiance of Schloss Hundisburg! The cost for room and board are covered by a generous scholarship!
Read more here...



Armida Quartett in INTV


Made by Buckmiller&Kloos


Thank you to the designers of Buckmiller&Kloos for our new, unbelievably beautiful concert outfits! The Armida Quartet's new look and accompanying paparazzi will appear at all the great concert halls this season :) The Armida gentlemen in particular received some unique accessories...



Armida Anniversary 10 Years


The music video of the new album is ready!!


With the start of the ECHO RISING STARS tour across whole Europe, our General Management is now the London office of KD Schmid. 

We are very much looking forward to play exciting programs in fantastic cities! 


NEW CD:

From the 16th September 2016 our newest CD is available in the stores! 

The recording features the first Razumovsky-Quartet op. 59/1 by L.v.Beethoven as well as the 10th String Quartet by D. Shostakovich. The CD is released by the Label CAvi Music and is created as a co-production with the Bavarian Radio.


Latest Video: Armida Quartet LIVE at Wigmore Hall! 

W.A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 , B-Flat major, KV 589


Portrait Armida Quartet

Short interview about the upcoming RISING STARS Tour 2016/2017

Portrait Armida Quartet from aussenborder.TV on Vimeo.


Breaking News !

The American (String Quartet) dream comes true !
We are thrilled to announce our newest engagement with
Ariel Artists, which will represent us in the USA and Canada.
What a fantastic team, USA - here we come!

http://arielartists.com/artists/armida-quartet/


New video on our YouTube Channel!

Some musical insight into our own concert series MOZART EXPLODED can be viewed on YouTube now!
Enjoy the 4th movement of String Quartet G Major KV 387 by W.A. Mozart here !!!


And on to new pastures! - collaboration with music publisher G. Henle

The Armida Quartet is collaborating with G.Henle Verlag, the world-wide market leader of Urtext editions, on a new edition of the complete string quartets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

An additional element of the collaboration is assisting with the development of the "Henle Library" sheet music app, which is specifically designed for classical music performance.

We are so excited about this collaboration and the joining of art, science, and technology!


Wigmore Hall Debut

London, January 2016:
We enjoyed exciting moments performing even twice at the famous Wigmore Hall in London!
Please have a look at the very first video livestream ever presentend by London's greatest concert hall, last show act Armida Quartett performing the string quartett KV 589 by W.A.Mozart (at 01:39:13) --

watch the video here

NEW! listen to the live recording of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert of 25th January here


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all friends, supporters and fans a peaceful and happy Christmas and a healthy start into the New Year.

2015 has been a busy year - it was exciting and intense, both in musical and in human terms. We would like to sincerely thank everybody who played his part in it!!

We have updated our channel on youtube:

(watch it now)

Merry Christmas!



In Memory of Friedemann Weigle

  • We are parting from a magnificient musician, a very ingenious teacher and a completely warmhearted person – Friedemann Weigle.

    He had created for us and our art, a very strong character. A very special relationship began from the very day of my birth; My father happend to be Friedemanns' cotraveller with the Petersen Quartet for years - That day he, my father, didn't return home, instead he was at Friedemanns' to celeberate my birth.

    This was a examplary gesture of the friendly cooperation between Friedemann and his collegues. For all the following years, Friedemanns unique sound and his friendly and open mind influenced me and a young generation of musicians.

    He was the personified teamspirit in the ensemble and always had the back of others to watch in his roles as mentor or professor of the highest cadre; and yes at the highest pinnacle, he had flourished. He was always there for us.

    Musically and humanly have we, the Armida Quartet, an unalloyed gratitude to him. The combined performance of the string quintet op. 97 of Antonín Dvořák in the Schloßkirche Berlin-Buch, where today the funeral ceremonies hold, has been one of our greatest shared experiences.

    In many instances when our lessons get toughened and we, staring with wrapt concentration at our notes , Friedeman was always there with his characteristic 'smiley stamp'. This customised stamp, with the smiling face, rather plainly diffusing the Beethoven and Mozart pieces, will forever be a 'Peacy' in our memory and with every grief the name Friedemann would be a memorial of the worth of a smiley in life.

    'Roch 'n' Roll and Goosebumps', that was his creed and with that, he ushered us out to the 2012 ARD Wettbewerb in Munich, and consequently somehow on a path in his very own footsteps. That for us is a wonderfully great honour.

    Today we play Beethoven, Schostakowitsch and Schubert for you our honoured audience, for the mourningcommunity of Berlin-Buch, for the members of the Artemis Quartet and for... Peacy

    Johanna Staemmler, Armida Quartet


NEW CD !!!! MOZART MOZART MOZART !!!!

Available in the shops from 17.7.2015!

The new recording of the Armida Quartet:
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartets K 169, 464 and 589
Many thanks to our label CAvi Music, to the Foundation Freunde Junger Musiker e.V., Klaus Heiligers and Dr. Klaus Schlede as well as the fabulous sound engineer Christoph Franke!


RISING STARS 2016/17

The Armida Quartet was elected as "Rising Stars 2016/17"! The international jury of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) just voted the candidates for the upcoming season. The award includes concerts in almost all the great European concert halls, e.g. the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein Vienna and the L'Auditori in Barcelona.


More information here

 

 


News on the Armida Quartet's Youtube channel

Many thanks to Matthias Heuermann for recording and producing our first portrait video. Enjoy wonderful music of Schubert, Mozart, Kurtág and Beethoven and the most exclusive sound of the 4 voices of the Armida members!


The Armida Quartet has been selected for the "New Generation Artists" program!

  • This renowned award includes productions with BBC orchestras, debut concerts in Great Britain in rich in tradition concert halls as well as live and studio productions broadcasts on BBC.

    For more informations click hear.

     


Prestigious distinction for debut CD

  • After being nominated in December 2013, the Armida Quartet's recording of string quartets by Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág was now included in the list of top recordings for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

    "Everything prudently and well nuanced, structurally transparent, in dynamics finely graded and with a sound of fascinating clarity." (Ingeborg Allihn)


April 2014

Cover Story in ENSEMBLE

  • The Armida Quartet was featured as the cover story in the recent edition of ENSEMLE - Magazin für Kammermusik!

                    READ the interview 

 


 

CD recording with Ewa Kupiec

The Armida Quartet is going to record a CD together with Ewa Kupiec at the beginning of February. The album features the Piano Quintet op. 81 by Antonín Dvorák as well as the Piano Quintet op. 118 by Philipp Scharwenka.