The Kuss Quartet is currently working on the entire cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven. This great project, which marks a special milestone in the career of each string quartet, is crowned by the collaboration with director Nicola Hümpel of "Nico & the Navigators", with whom they have developed a Staged Concert, focusing on Beethovens String Quartet Op. 135.
The premiere will take place at the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker end of July 2018.
The project will expand for the jubilee year of Beethoven 2020 with the "Great Fugue" Op.133 and as a program "Force and Freedom" at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels and at Radialsystem in Berlin. The Kuss Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven cycle in chronological order for the first time at the Suntory Hall Tokyo 2019.
The new commissioned work"Die schönen Augen der Frühlingsnacht" by Aribert Reimann was premiered by the quartet in December at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam with Mojca Erdmann and was a huge success.
Here you can read three articles about it (in German):
- by Volker Hagedorn at VAN Magazin "....the ideal program of novelties in chamber music.."
- in the Hannoversche Allgemeine Newspaper
- an interview with Mr. Reimann, by the dutch journalist Thea Derks
Upcoming concerts will present the piece in Budapest, Stuttgart & Zurich.
At the end of the season 2016/17 we are glad to announce that we will be represented by Sartory Artists in France and Blu Ocean Arts in the US with immediate effect. We are looking forward to collaborate with both agencies and return to the wonderful audiences in these countries!
Here are some press quotes about the Brahms/Schönberg CD:
"The 'superb' Kuss Quartet 'bring enormous finesse to this music [Schoenberg 2nd Quartet]. Soprano Mojca Erdmann's 'exquisite pearly sound is just right for Schoenberg's tranced intensity "I feel the air from another planet" she sings, and we believe her..."
The Daily Telegraph
"And that is how they sound in these outstanding performances, both characterised by the same thoughtful lyricism and intelligent, high-quality playing.(...) The way that the quartet accompanies soprano Mojca Erdmann in the final two movements is also outstanding..."
The Strad Magazine
"Jana Kuss' sound is irresistible..(....) Well chosen, lyrically and musically so that the recital as a whole is intriguing, really well thought through..."
BBC Record Review
"Violist William Coleman, duetting with cellist Mika Hakhnazaryan, produces an unashamedly gorgeous third movement, just as "amorous and affectionate", as Brahms described it.(....)Wit lights up this account, every joke perfectly timed, every nuance explored."
BBC Music Magazine
"I love the way the Kuss Quartet bring the (4th) movement to a joyous close with a rhythmically buoyant flourish.(...)
The Kuss Quartet's performance is technically superb, deeply felt and empathetic. Intonation and ensemble is faultless. Mojca Erdmann's intelligent performance is both potent and subtle."
We are very happy to announce that our new album has been released end of October 2016. The combination of Schönberg's String Quartet No 2 and Brahms-Songs with the wonderful Mojca Erdmann and Brahms' String Quartet No 3 B Major op. 67 is working very well. Many thanks to the team at rbb kulturradio and our label Onyx Classics for the pleasant collaboration as usual!
A review from the Sunday Times says the following about our Wigmore Hall concert on the 7th of April:
"Yet the highlight of my musical week was something else. The Berlin-based Kuss Quartet, in an intriguing Wigmore Hall recital that interleaved four of Birtwistle’s Nine Movements for String Quartet with parts of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, Op 51, gave the most tonally resplendent and brilliantly articulated account of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet that I think has come my way. It was an immense experience." (Paul Driver)
After 14 years at the Impresariat Simmenauer, to whom we are very grateful for the creative and productive time together, we are looking forward to being represented by the Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette/Angelika Jacob in Hamburg - effective immediately. We are happy to continue our path together with Angelika Jacob, who strongly shaped our first 8 years while she was at Simmenauer’s.
We are happy to announce a new partnership with Pirastro Strings!
Check out more HERE.
The Kuss Quartet brings in the new year producing their latest recording, Schönberg 2nd String Quartet and Brahms 3rd String Quartet, together with the wonderful soprano Mojca Erdmann. This will be complimented by three beautiful songs by Brahms, arranged for the Kuss and Mojca Erdmann.
The album, which is the 4th at Label ONYX, will be released in late fall 2015.
Kuss Quartet is performing the opening concerts at the First International String Quartet Festival 2014 in Frankfurt on November 23/24. Artistic Director is Oliver Wille.
The festival presents many prestigious string quartets at the Holzhausenschlösschen Frankfurt, generously sponsored by the Ernst-Max-von-Grunelius Stiftung.