Peter Hanson violin 1
Julia Hanson violin 2
Vicci Wardman viola
David Watkin cello
The Eroica quartet continues to astonish audiences and critics with its radical interpretations of nineteenth-century music through a series of recordings and performances across Europe and the USA, including the Frick Collection, New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. With their on-going research into contemporary performance styles they are maturing into a unique and passionate force.
For Harmonia Mundi USA they have recorded all of Mendelssohn’s quartets, the final release of which was released in May 2005 and a disc containing three quartets by Beethoven. Their European concerts have included Holland, Denmark, Germany, France and Spain. After a successful Barcelona debut, the quartet gave a Mendelssohn cycle in November 2003. In 2010 they gave a performance of the original 1825 version of Mendelssohn’s Octet, Op.20 in the Library of Congress, Washington, recording it the following May. Further engagements in 2010 included performing Ravel and Debussy quartets in Paris.
In addition to their first release on the Resonus Classics label, highlights for 2011 include a recording of quartets by Ravel and Debussy.
‘… refreshingly impetuous’
The New York Times
‘… heroic, questing, unsettling and magnificent performances’
BBC Music Magazine, February 2001, Chamber disc of the month