CD release: Quatuor Modigliani plays musical miniatures(c) Luc Braquet
For its 15th anniversary, the French Quatuor Modigliani is releasing a new album, “Portraits”, on the Mirare label. On it, the Parisian virtuosos invite listeners to join them on a spectacular gallery tour through different eras and styles as represented by 13 musical miniatures – and, in the process, impressively bolster their reputation as one of the top string quartets in the world.
The Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, who died in Paris in 1920, and is the quartets namesake,was an outstanding portrait painter. And on its current album for its 15th anniversary, “Portraits”, the Quatuor Modigliani makes a deliberate musical statement on how it sees itself by presenting a kind of portrait gallery of very different composers. Each individual piece can be understood as “a photograph of the interpreters at a given moment”, says Loïc Rio. “But it is more a stroll through different images, atmospheres and epochs.”
Mirare // MIR 414 // Release: 11 January, 2019