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Signum Quartet

Signum Quartet


String Quartet

Florian Donderer & Annette Walther, violins
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

Performances of unsparing expressivity, intimacy and vitality are hallmarks of the Signum Quartet, pairing music making of the subtlest order with playing of the highest intensity. The dramatic composition of their programmes is innovative and distinct, and is realised with uncompromising perfection in interpretations of effortless transparency. (“enormously intelligent and knowledgeable programming”—Rondo Magazin)

The quartet has been a welcome guest at the Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and at the BBC Proms, with partners such as Nils Mönkemeyer, Dominique Horwitz, Jörg Widmann, Daniel Ottensamer, Nicolas Altstaedt and Elisabeth Leonskaja. In 2021 the ensemble will give its debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.

The Signum Quartet’s discography is a testament to their stylistic range: Next to the greats of the quartet literature, they have recorded works by Wolfgang Rihm, Thomas Adès, Jörg Widmann and Kevin Volans. Their recording of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Second String Quartet Lost Prayers for ECM won Classical Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards 2021. Following their multi-award-winning album “Aus der Ferne” (Diapason D’Or, Opus Klassik), the Signum Quartet continues its Schubert cycle for PENTATONE with “Ins stille Land”, deepening its exploration of the fascinating connections between his string quartets and songs. (“The Signum’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ is up there with the best from a crowded field”—The Strad)

Intensive studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and the Melos Quartet as well as collaborations with György Kurtág, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Jörg Widmann have shaped the artistic development of the Signum Quartet, which has won numerous awards (German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, London International String Quartet Competition) and has been accorded intensive support (i.a. BBC New Generation Artists, stART-Programm/ Bayer Kultur).

In 2015, the quartet launched its innovative social media project #quartweet, where composers of all ages and abilities are invited to tweet a short quartet of 280 notes or less on Twitter. The project has received much media attention and been featured on Deutschlandfunk, BBC In Tune and BR U-21. Contributing composers include Bruno Mantovani, Grawemeyer Award winners Brett Dean and Sebastian Currier and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Signum Quartet Nominated Twice for the OPUS Klassik Awards

The Signum Quartet has been nominated twice in the OPUS Klassik Awards for their recordings Schubert: Aus der Ferne and Widmann: Duets, Viola Concerto, Jagdquartett. The OPUS Klassik Awards are presented by Der Verein zur Förderung der Klassischen Musik to highlight the best of classical music in the past year. The winners will be announced on Septeber 2nd.

Source:https://blog.idagio.com/opus-klassik-2019-1827c3a5fb40#0c14

November 13, 2020: Signum Quartet Releases Ins Stille Land

After their multi-award-winning album Aus der Ferne, the Signum Quartett continues their Schubert journey for PENTATONE with Ins stille Land.

Source:http://pentatonemusic.com/signum-quartett-schubert-ins-stille-land-tod-maedchen-death-maiden

Signum Quartett Suggests New Ways of Playing Schubert on ‘Ins stille Land’

Broadly speaking, the quartet has selected and juxtaposed the songs and quartets to show the composer’s developing sense of alienation and death; in doing so, they suggest an affecting new way of playing and listening to Schubert…Prepare for a deeply moving experience.

– Laurence Vittes, Strings MagazineRelated Link

The Best Classical Releases of March 2018

“The drama of this quartet is more intimate than in Rosamunde, but sounds just as gripping in the hands of the Cologne-based Signum Quartet. The ensemble demonstrates even finer calibrations of its expressive range on settings of five Schubert lieder — including the heart-rending “Die Götter Griechenlands” and the eponymous “Aus der Ferne” — arranged by its violist, Xandi van Dijk”

– Zev Kane, WQXRRelated Link

Review: Signum Quartet, Chichester Chamber Concerts

“The Signum Quartet played both works superbly, drawing every nuance out of the music with great finesse and boldness”

– Phil Hewitt, Worthing HeraldRelated Link

Signum Quartett – Schubert – Aus der Ferne

The program makes audible the close connection between Schubert’s quartet and song compositions, which connection stems on the one hand from the fact that both kinds of compositions were performed in the same circles of friends and admirers of the too early diseased composer, and on the other hand arose from Schubert’s strong inclination for a secondary exploitation of songs in favor of instrumental compositions. To reuse melodies in his instrumental compositions secondarily.

– , HighResAudioRelated Link

 

Quartet Movements – Capriccio | Released 01/11/2011


 

No. 3 – Capriccio | Released 01/11/2013


 

Soundescapes – Capriccio | Released 01/11/2015


 

Alla Czeca – Capriccio | Released 12/01/2015


 

Aus Der Ferne – Pentatone | Released 03/01/2018


 

Ins stille Land – Pentatone | Released 11/13/2020


19-20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: ‘Aus der Ferne’ (From Afar)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Thomas Adès: Arcadiana for string quartet op. 12
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Lied aus der Ferne, Lachen und Weinen, Die Götter, Griechenlands, Du bist die Ruh
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden” or
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor “Rosamunde”

    Program 2: ‘Ohne Worte’ (Without Words)
    Franz Schubert: The Gods of Greece (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Franz Schubert: 2nd movement, Andante from String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    Franz Schubert: Du bist die Ruh (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804 “Rosamunde”

    Program 3: ‘Lachen und Weinen’ (Laugh and Cry)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Robert Schumann: String Quartet in F major op. 41 no. 2

20-21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Glimmers of eternity
    Haydn: String Quartet op. 20 No. 3 g minor
    #quartweets: An interactive showcase (10 Min.)*
    Priaulx Rainier: Quartet for strings (1939)
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887
    /OR/ Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 d minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    *The #quartweet includes quartweets by composers such as Brett Dean, Caroline Shaw, Sebastian Currier, Kevin Volans, Bruno Mantovani, as well as by a range of composers from as young as 9 years old.

    Program 2: Tolstoy‘s Waltz
    Schulhoff: 5 Pieces for string quartet
    Matthijs van Dijk: (rage) rage against the (2018)
    Tolstoy: Walz (arr. Xandi van Dijk)
    Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887

19-20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: ‘Aus der Ferne’ (From Afar)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Thomas Adès: Arcadiana for string quartet op. 12
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Lied aus der Ferne, Lachen und Weinen, Die Götter, Griechenlands, Du bist die Ruh
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden” or
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor “Rosamunde”

    Program 2: ‘Ohne Worte’ (Without Words)
    Franz Schubert: The Gods of Greece (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Franz Schubert: 2nd movement, Andante from String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    Franz Schubert: Du bist die Ruh (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804 “Rosamunde”

    Program 3: ‘Lachen und Weinen’ (Laugh and Cry)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Robert Schumann: String Quartet in F major op. 41 no. 2

20-21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Glimmers of eternity
    Haydn: String Quartet op. 20 No. 3 g minor
    #quartweets: An interactive showcase (10 Min.)*
    Priaulx Rainier: Quartet for strings (1939)
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887
    /OR/ Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 d minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    *The #quartweet includes quartweets by composers such as Brett Dean, Caroline Shaw, Sebastian Currier, Kevin Volans, Bruno Mantovani, as well as by a range of composers from as young as 9 years old.

    Program 2: Tolstoy‘s Waltz
    Schulhoff: 5 Pieces for string quartet
    Matthijs van Dijk: (rage) rage against the (2018)
    Tolstoy: Walz (arr. Xandi van Dijk)
    Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887

Audio

Mozart: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major – III. Rondo Allegro Grazioso

Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor – I. Animé et Très Décidé

Schnittke: String Quartet No. 3 – I. Andante

Video

Documents

Short Biography

“A refined fire, glowing, perfectly formed.” – DER SPIEGEL

Florian Donderer, violin
Annette Walther, violin
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

Energetic and lively, the Signum Quartet has made its mark on the international quartet scene and has been called “an exhilarating cocktail” (der Spiegel). It has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and as ensemble of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme. The quartet has performed throughout their native Germany, at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as venues across Finland, Norway, Switzerland and France. It has toured extensivly in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, and has appeared at numerous iternational festivals. The Signum Quartet has been lauded at the German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, ICMC Hamburg and the London International String Quartet Competition.

Full Biography

Florian Donderer & Annette Walther, violins
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

Performances of unsparing expressivity, intimacy and vitality are hallmarks of the Signum Quartet, pairing music making of the subtlest order with playing of the highest intensity. The dramatic composition of their programmes is innovative and distinct, and is realised with uncompromising perfection in interpretations of effortless transparency. (“enormously intelligent and knowledgeable programming”—Rondo Magazin)

The quartet has been a welcome guest at the Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and at the BBC Proms, with partners such as Nils Mönkemeyer, Dominique Horwitz, Jörg Widmann, Daniel Ottensamer, Nicolas Altstaedt and Elisabeth Leonskaja. In 2021 the ensemble will give its debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.

The Signum Quartet’s discography is a testament to their stylistic range: Next to the greats of the quartet literature, they have recorded works by Wolfgang Rihm, Thomas Adès, Jörg Widmann and Kevin Volans. Their recording of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Second String Quartet Lost Prayers for ECM won Classical Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards 2021. Following their multi-award-winning album “Aus der Ferne” (Diapason D’Or, Opus Klassik), the Signum Quartet continues its Schubert cycle for PENTATONE with “Ins stille Land”, deepening its exploration of the fascinating connections between his string quartets and songs. (“The Signum’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ is up there with the best from a crowded field”—The Strad)

Intensive studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and the Melos Quartet as well as collaborations with György Kurtág, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Jörg Widmann have shaped the artistic development of the Signum Quartet, which has won numerous awards (German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, London International String Quartet Competition) and has been accorded intensive support (i.a. BBC New Generation Artists, stART-Programm/ Bayer Kultur).

In 2015, the quartet launched its innovative social media project #quartweet, where composers of all ages and abilities are invited to tweet a short quartet of 280 notes or less on Twitter. The project has received much media attention and been featured on Deutschlandfunk, BBC In Tune and BR U-21. Contributing composers include Bruno Mantovani, Grawemeyer Award winners Brett Dean and Sebastian Currier and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.