"Australian violinist Sarita Kwok...makes a remarkable first impression..."
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
11 June 2022
Sarita Kwok on WCRB
Fencer. Dancer. Boxer. Virtuoso violinist. Composer. Was there anything Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges couldn't do? CRB's Brian McCreath spoke with violinist Sarita Kwok about The Arabella String Quartet's new recording of Saint-George's Concertantes Quartets:
11 June 2022
Arabella String Quartet release new Naxos Album
The Arabella String Quartet much anticipated recording of Saint-Georges Six Concertante Quartets for Naxos is now available! Immediately upon release it was named Album of the Weekend by ClassicFM.
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Six Concertante Quartets
A brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges might well lay claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. The string quartet was still in its infancy in France in the 1770s, but while these pieces are small in scale they are exceptionally rewarding. Saint-Georges appreciated the intimate nature of this genre, avoiding overt soloistic virtuosity and exploring chamber music timbres, amply demonstrating his rich lyrical gifts and a natural ability to delight performers and audiences alike.
Time, place and mood are explored in this unusual programme that reveals the inventive curiosity of the Arabella Quartet, lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for its “freedom, drive, and risktaking”. The geographical span is wide, from Spain to Russia, and traditional staples by Schubert sit alongside meditative statements on human themes by Puccini, Turina, Webern and Nielsen. Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Quartet were rediscovered in the 1980s and broaden the expressive range of this fascinating disc.