Consone Quartet host CD launch at Royal Over-Seas League
On 5 December, the Consone Quartet, winners of the 2016 ROSL Annual Music Competition Ensemble Prize, launched their debut album. The evening was a great success, with high attendance and a fantastic number of CD sales.
The quartet performed a selection of works including Mendelssohn’s 4 Pieces for String Quartet, op. 81, as featured on the album, and Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, op. 76 no. 5; a real treat for the audience.
The quartet released their debut album on 26 October, and have already reviewed outstanding reviews:
Here is a performance in which maturity and technical excellence have merged to provide one of the most rewarding performances I have heard of this wonderful product of Haydn’s ageless old age.
A further mark of growing maturity can be found in the freedom the players have come to allow themselves in the use of rubato and touches of expressive portamento, the latter particularly effective in the gentle affection they bring to the youthful, yet understated romanticism of the opening movement of Mendelssohn’s early E flat Quartet, op. 12 (1829). This and sometimes bold decisions regarding contrasts of dynamics and tempo are a dangerous course if the results sound contrived or simply imposed, but here they invariably seem to stem from the players’ collective inner thoughts and feelings.
A well-deserved – and from me rare – five stars all round.
Brian Robins, Early Music Review – 20 October 2018
The Consone dazzle with their cohesion… One can only admire this young ensemble: the maturity of their look, the instrumental perfection of each of the musicians, the fusion between the four voices, the natural ease in the classicism of this work of Haydn as well as in the fantasy of those from Mendelssohn.
The clear and present recording provides a perfectly balanced picture of the four voices.
Jean-Pierre Robert, On Top Audio – 5 November 2018
We love the correctness of style and the quality of the timbre, especially in Haydn's superb quartet… we must salute this album as a great success and an interesting introduction to the record market.
Pierre-Jean Tribot, Crescendo Magazine – 24 October 2018
The CD is available to purchase here.