Unconditional meticulousness: The Et Arsis Piano Quartet releases its debut album with piano quartets by Johannes Brahms and Peteris Vasks at Solo Musica
There are music ensembles that launch their debut CD just days after their first rehearsal. Well, exaggerated said. The Et Arsis Piano Quartet certainly did not show such a precipitous will to publish: the four musicians spent a good ten years before they recorded their first record.
With their forward-moving, accented recording of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor (op. 25), the four chamber musicians make an independent, contentious contribution to the musical discussion of Brahms interpretation. They are preceded by the quartet for violin, viola, cello and piano by the contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, who like no other person gives musical expression to the exile of his people in their own country during Soviet rule and the uncertainty of the years of transformation.