The highly-acclaimed Eliot Quartet traces the romantic sound world of César Franck on its new album and even has its own festival in store for autumn 2022.
The Eliot Quartet is named after the American writer T. S. Eliot (1888-1965). He is considered one of the leading representatives of American modernism and was inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s late string quartets to write his last great poetic work, “Four Quartets”. All of the Eliots’ recordings have been released on the Leipzig label Genuin. The first CD with an early Beethoven quartet and a quartet by Szymanowski appeared in the Primavera edition, which presents prizewinners of the German Music Competition, and on album No. 2 the four musicians set Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartet op. 59/1 in relation to Sergei Prokofiev’s turbulent second quartet.
Now a new album by the Eliots will be released on Genuin on 1 July. It revolves around two key chamber works by the Belgian Romantic composer César Franck, who celebrates his 200th birthday this year: his only string quartet in D major and the famous Piano Quintet in F minor. For the latter, they brought on board the Russian pianist Dmitry Ablogin, who also lives in Frankfurt and with whom the quartet has a close friendship. With him, they trace Franck’s wide-ranging melodic lines, which rise above the dazzling colours of late Romantic harmony, and weave a tight web between strings and piano.
Festival “Eliots am Main” 17 – 26 October 2022
In October of this year, the four musicians will present themselves for the first time with their own festival. It is called “Eliots am Main” and will be held from 17 – 26 October 2022 in the Historischer Festsaal in Frankfurt. The quartet has invited a whole series of outstanding artists as guests. Among others, the Eliots’ long-time mentor Alfred Brendel and Juliane Banse (soprano) will be heard. Other musical guests are Laura Ruiz Ferreres (clarinet), Liisa Randalu (viola), Julia Okruashvili (piano), Till Fellner (piano), Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola) and Luise Buchberger (cello).