Ragazze Quartet
Ragazze Quartet plays both classical and modern string quartet repertoire: inspired and on the highest level. With attractive but unconventional programmes the quartet has come to be one of the most fresh and leading voices in the world of classical music.
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We are Ragazze. Ragazze Quartet plays both classical and modern string quartet repertoire: inspired and on the highest level

With attractive but unconventional programmes Ragazze Quartet has come to be one of the most fresh and leading voices in the world of classical music. In innovative programmes it embarks on collaborations with the most original voices in theatre, dance and literature. With performances that speak to all senses they succeed in securing an audience for the rich classical music tradition. In this way they warm the hearts of both the die hard listener and the novice for the string quartet repertoire of the past and of our present day.Ragazze likes to join forces with young musicians and theatre makers just as with leading organisations such as Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), the Kronos Quartet, Orkater and the Holland Festival. In addition, the quartet has taken over artistic leadership of chamber music festival September Me in Amersfoort.Ragazze is a permanent artist with CD label Channel Classics and has released no fewer than five CDs with them already: ‘Vivere’, ‘Česko’, ‘FourFourThree’,’Spiegel’and ‘Bartók Bound’.

Ragazze’s musicians:
Rosa Arnold – violin, Jeanita Vriens – van Tongeren – violin,
Annemijn Bergkotte – viola, Rebecca Wise – cello

Our albums
Bartok Bound (2019)

For the coming years we’ve declared ourselves Bartók Bound. We delve deep into his music and present his quartets in all sorts of ways and all kinds of programmes. This album is the first testimony.
You can order this album by sending an email to ragazze@ragazzequartet.nl(€18,- + shipping costs) Or via www.channelclassics.com of iTunes

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Het Parool
Bartók opnemen getuigt in dit repertoire van lef, want zijn zes strijkkwartetten behoren tot de allerbeste die er in elk geval in de twintigste eeuw zijn geschreven en inmiddels vastgelegd, door alle kwartetten van naam en faam. Van die intimiderende wetenschap lijkt het Ragazze Quartet geen enkele last te hebben. Ze spelen de stukken frank en vrij, met grote intensiteit en grote lyriek. (…)

Spiegel (2017)

Two works from the very heart of the string quartet repertoire, and related to one another in a special way. Mendelssohn wrote his string quartet a few months after Beethoven’s death and it clearly shows that he was strongly inspired by Beethoven’s late string quartets, specifically his opus 132. The two works seem to us to be a diptych; they mirror one another. You can order Spiegel by sending an e-mail to ragazze@ragazzequartet.nl (18 euros plus shipping). Or via www.channelclassics.com or iTunes

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Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor opus 13
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet no. 15 in A minor opus 132

The Secret Diary of Nora Plain (2017)

A modern song cycle with singer Nora Fischer and drummer Remco Menting written by Morris Kliphuis (music) and Lucky Fonz III (lyrics), via Excelsior Recordings. The album is inspired by the every day life of the writers and performers. All of the same genearation, they have grown up with  internet, social media, smartphones and always being available. You can order by sending an e-mail to ragazze@ragazzequartet.nl (15 euros plus shipping) or download this album via Itunes.

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Four for Three (2016)

Four four three is our third cd with Channel Classics Records! After our earlier more classical oriented cds, for this release we collaborated with two ensembles from different fields. Slagwerk Den Haag with its contemporary sounds and the unusual jazz-trio Kapok.

You can order by sending an e-mail to ragazze@ragazzequartet.nl or via Channel Classics, Bol.com of Itunes.

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Trouw ****
“(…) a performance with a unique atmosphere. Light floating, exotic, transparent, all equipped with a natural rhythmic drive.”

Luister  (10 out of 10)
“So much intelligence and refinement: nowhere the instruments are in each other’s way. Everyone can be who he is. Riley has a soft, thin skin which deserves to be touched with love and tenderness.”

Gramophone (Editor’s Choice award in August)
“The pulse is discreetly shunted towards the background, utterly charming the senses with an often delicate mechanism of light pizzicato strings and mallet percussion…This performance deals up moments of sheer magic.”

Česko (2015)

Our second CD with Channel Classics is Česko! On Česko we go on a musical journey across Europe to the extraordinary land of Bohemia, the homeland of two composers we have come to love so much: Dvořák and Schulhoff.
You can order Cesko by sending an e-mail to ragazze@ragazzequartet.nl (15 euros plus shipping).
Or via www.channelclassics.comiTunesBol.com or Amazon.

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De Volkskrant *****
‘In their hands, the Czech piece becomes a physical, rhythmic power that comes from deep within the Ragazze. Together they play chords as if their hands and arms are being mastered by on mind.’
Luister (een Luister 10)
‘Dvorak opus 106, a work Ragazze is united with, dead-accurate and intense.’
Gramophone
‘Their biggest strength is an added quota of spontaneity, which keeps you consistently engaged.’
‘..the Ragazze Quartet’s Channel Classics CD is mightily impressive’
The Guardian ***
‘An exhilarating Bohemian double bill’
‘The playing of the wittily named all-female Ragazze Quartet is fresh, light in texture, nimble and just occasionally a little ragged, but always spirited.’
SA-CD.net *****
‘Ragazze’s performances of these pieces are brilliantly executed, full of deadpan humour and bring a delightful contrast with the more serious works on this disc.’

Vivere (2013)

Our first cd with Channel Classics is called Vivere! A cd with 3 pieces about death, played by the Ragazze who are in the midst of life!

Order this album by sending us a mail: ragazze@ragazzequartet.nl (€17,- + shipping) or via Channel Classics of Bol.com.

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Haydn – ‘Fifth’ quartet
Schubert – Death and the Maiden
Widmann – Hunting quartet

Huffington Post
In Haydn’s op. 76 no. 2 and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” they flirt with life, they play the rests, they play the expressive markings, too, and they find new breadth and breath in themes that are too often rushed or merely stormed through. In the Widmann, they are merely ferocious.
International Record Review
The Ragazze Quartet delivers an abruptly contoured and fittingly acerbic performance of Haydn, abetted by brisk tempos and a keen sense of the work’s structural needs.
The Examiner
Ragazze gives Schubert’s Death and the Maiden an energetic reading, playing up the dark dramatism for all its worth. In Widmann they are determined to destroy any sexist preconceptions of any of their listeners, Ragazze performed this quartet with all of the savage violence the composer intended for it; and, while it would have been nice to encounter it in the context of Widmann’s full cycle, this performance certainly made for an aggressively bold move in concluding a debut recording.
The Grammaphone
…the heritage of string quartet-playing is too authentic in it, and there is too much skill behind the kaleidoscoping of colours from phrase to phrase that loses nothing in its perfection of ensemble in the process.

Funds & Sponsors

Ragazze Quartet is supported by:

Organisation & Contact

Stichting Allleanza del Ragazze
p/a Sterappelstraat 1
1036 LE Amsterdam

 

Business Director & Bookings
Roland Spekle
roland@ragazzequartet.nl

 

Production / Marketing & PR:
Nora Hulsink
nora@ragazzequartet.nl

 

Board:
Nico Schaafsma
Leonie Kruizenga
Luuk Kornelius
Maarten Mostert