String Quartet #3 - Alex Mincek
Quartettstudie - Wolfgang Rihm
on Repetition and Reappearances - David Brynjar Franzson
Corde Vocale - Felipe Lara
The Mivos Quartet, “an accomplished, admirably broad-minded string quartet” (New York Times), is devoted to performing adventurous works by contemporary composers. Now in their sixth season, the quartet has gained a reputation for their fiercely committed performance practice and consistently innovative programming.
Mivos has garnered praise for their “brilliant performances” (New York Times), “played with spontaneity and dexterity” (The Strad Magazine), “sensitive, dreamy, yet completely controlled” (Darmstadt Echo). In their debut solo release, Reappearances, Mivos presents four new and recent works by Alex Mincek, Wolfgang Rihm, David Brynjar Franzson, and Felipe Lara. Recorded in the brilliant acoustics of the Benjamin Britten Studio at Aldeburgh Music, UK, and performed with a rawness and ecstatic energy seldom found in classical recordings, Reappearances is anything but another string quartet record. Gritty barks and snarls, brilliant pops, squeaks, and snaps coalesce with the lyricism and expressivity of traditional string playing into a completely new listening experience.
In just a few short years, Mivos have made a name for themselves by continually redefining the sonic boundaries of the string quartet, and the works presented on Reappearances take full advantage of the ensemble’s stunning technique to create impossible new soundworlds. Reappearances takes the listener from the haunting austerity of David Brynjar Franzson to the explosive ultra-expressionism of Felipe Lara, the hyper-Romantic chaos of Wolfgang Rihm and the highly refined control and precision of Alex Mincek. This is the new frontier of the genre, written by some of the most exciting composers of the current generation.
Unless you’re going to experience their brilliancy of performance at the album release concert on December 19 in the DiMenna Center, you’d better be grippin’ these tracks ASAP.
-Tiny Mix Tapes
This vital young New York string quartet — Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney, violinists; Victor Lowrie, violist; Mariel Roberts, cellist — embraces toothy modernism with punk-rock verve. On its debut CD, the group covers an admirably broad expressive range: from Alex Mincek’s rigorously calibrated violence to Felipe Lara’s voluptuous, elemental lyricism, by way of expressive contemplations from Wolfgang Rihm and David Brynjar Franzson.
–Steve Smith, The New York Times
[Mivos'] consistently masterful performance of contemporary repertoire has brought them to the forefront of the new music scene...
- PSNY Blog
This New York string quartet—violinists Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Mariel Roberts—has lately earned a reputation as one of America's most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles, and its overdue debut under its own name backs that up. Reappearances opens with the visceral, dissonant String Quartet No. 3 by Wet Ink Ensemble cofounder Alex Mincek, full of slashing lines, strident scrapes, and drastic dynamic shifts. (On a recent album by Patrick Higgins of Zs, another Wet Ink alumnus, Mivos performs his String Quartet No. 2.) Next the quartet shifts gears to bring lush, contemplative beauty to a rendition of Wolfgang Rihm's Quartettstudie; elsewhere on the album it tackles new work by David Brynjar Franzson and Felipe Lara. Mivos balances its knack for technical extremes with emotional depth that can warm up the harshest sounds.
-Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader
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