Zemtsov Viola Quartet (2014)

Papini, Bowen, von Weinzierl, Werkman, Malcys, Zemtsov, Piazolla

Zemtsov Viola Quartet

The Zemtsov Viola quartet consists of four members of a special family all playing the viola: Mikhail Zemtsov, Alexander Zemtsov, Julia Dinerstein and Dana Zemtsov. Together they perform beautiful and seldomly performed classical compositions and arrangements for four violas. Their debut performance was in 2010 at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. After this outstanding performance they are unconditionally loved by their international and varied public. The way they express their joy for the pieces they play, the viola, each other and their public makes their concerts very well visited.

Be surprised by these four outstanding Viola players and the wonderful repertoire they play on this first Navis Classics release!

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Zemtsov Viola Quartet

The Zemtsov Viola quartet consists of four members of a special family all playing the viola:
Mikhail Zemtsov
Alexander Zemtsov
Julia Dinerstein - Zemtsov
Dana Zemtsov

Together they perform beautiful and seldomly performed classical compositions and arrangements for four violas. All 4 have studied (amongst other) at the Maastricht Conservatory at the great Russian Viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. Each of them has developed a brilliant professional solo-career. Mikhail is soloist at the Residence Orchestra and teaches at the conservatories of The Hague and Utrecht. Julia teaches at the conservatories in Arnhem and Maastricht and stands in regularly as first Viola-player in various well known orchestras. Alexander was, for a long time, soloist at the London Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at the London Guildhall School of Music and the Viennese Conservatory.Their debut performance was in 2010 at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. After this outstanding performance they are unconditionally loved by their international and varied public. The way they express their joy for the pieces they play, the viola, each other and their public makes their concerts very well visited.

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Zemtsov Viola Quartet (2014)

Papini, Bowen, von Weinzierl, Werkman, Malcys, Zemtsov, Piazolla

Zemtsov Viola Quartet

    Luister Magazine -

****/***** "Nice build-up, beautifully performed, perfect recording technique"

Luister / Carine Alders[read full review]

    Quadrevisie (review in Dutch)

"Omdat bij een combinatie van vier identieke instrumenten een monochromische klank dreigt, moet deze muziek het vooral hebben van de diversiteit aan melodielijnen en onderlinge dynamiekverschillen. Dat is gelukkig behoorlijk het geval. De voortreffelijke uitvoeringen van dit individueel èn als kwartet ideaal op elkaar afgestemde kwartet (familiebanden helpen daarbij zeer naar mag worden aangenomen) doen de rest. Louter pluspunten derhalve als eindoordeel."

Jan de Kruijff[read full review]

    Music Web International

"Welcome to the birth of a new CD label, and probably to a truckload of music by composers of whom you are unlikely to be familiar. Navis Classics is the initiative of recording engineer and producer Daan van Aalst, whose reputation has been established internationally through superb recordings for labels such as Onyx and Channel Classics, as well as the excellent Schubert series on Valthermond Recordings (reviews here and here)." (...) "The recording is also very fine. A viola quartet sounds not dissimilar to conventional string quartet on first impression, but once attuned you soon start to identify the differences. The more extreme lows and highs are absent, but the lyrical qualities of the viola are more than equal to the task of melodic expressiveness, and the depth of the instruments has plenty of colour and texture. What you gain is a kind of airy transparency and lightness which is very easy on the ear without becoming bland or samey, especially with the quality of playing to be heard. Ensembles with a core of family members often have a special synergy, and in this the Zemtsov Viola Quartet is a prime example." "Programming is another strong aspect of this release, with unusual repertoire and première recordings amongst the jewels to be found." (...) "a fascinating programme of music from a superb and excellent ensemble capable of creating its own unique and highly attractive atmosphere."

Dominy Clements[read full review]

Zemtsov Viola Quartet (2014)

Papini, Bowen, von Weinzierl, Werkman, Malcys, Zemtsov, Piazolla

Zemtsov Viola Quartet

Digital Converters: Pyramix Horus
Mastering Engineer: Daan van Aalst
Mastering Equipment: B&W
Microphones: Bruel and Kjaer, Schoeps, Neumann
Producer: Daan van Aalst
Recording Engineer: Daan van Aalst
Recording location: Muziekcentrum MCO Hilversum Holland
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: B&W

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Quartet for four Violas - Moderato assai
Papini
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Quartet for four Violas - Allegro moderato
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Quartet for four Violas - Andante sostenuto
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Quartet for four Violas - Allegretto con spirito
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Fantasy Quartet opus 41
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Nocturne - Nachtstuck opus 34
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Quatre Mouvements Pour Quatre Altos - Sempre moderato
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Quatre Mouvements Pour Quatre Altos - Alla marcia
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Quatre Mouvements Pour Quatre Altos - Quasi Largo
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Quatre Mouvements Pour Quatre Altos - Mosso, ma sempre giusto
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Elegy for four violas
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The Circle of diminished fifths
Zemtsov
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Verano porteno
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Milonga del Angel
Piazolla
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Muerte del Angel
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