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VERTAVO QUARTET

Øyvor Volle violin Berit Cardas violin Henninge Landaas viola Bjørg Værnes cello Beethoven String Quartet in D major Op.18 No.3 Grieg String Quartet in F major Sibelius String Quartet Op.56 Voces intimae The Vertavo Quartet have firmly established themselves as one of the most exciting ensembles of today. The Quartet first captured international attention when they won no less than four awards including the First Prize at the 2nd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 1995 and subsequently Nordic Council's Culture Award in 1998 and the Nordea prize in 2003. Beethoven’s third quartet from the group of six Op.18 string quartets, is distinguished by its ebullient final movement, a tarantella that has a lightness of touch like that of Schubert. The F major Quartet by Grieg sees the composer looking back in lyrical mood to his youth with the Norwegian folk music he loved predominant in the second of this two movement work. Sibelius’ Voces intimae is a profound work and considered the crowning jewel of his chamber music output. ‘Norway's Vertavo Quartet are fast establishing themselves as one of the freshest and most versatile young quartets around.’ The Guardian ‘The Vertavos created fireworks with their tangible joy in playing: it is moments like these that make music truly magical.’ Hamburger Abendblatt