Germany's Minguet Quartett -- violinists Ulrich Isfort and Annette Reisinger, violist Aroa Sorin, and cellist Matthias Diener -- divides its performances and recordings between Romantic (and occasionally Classical-period) and contemporary repertory. Their recording career has intersected with boutique, sonically sophisticated German labels. The Minguet Quartett (or Quartet) was founded in 1988. The quartet's name comes from that of the Spanish composer, musicologist, engraver, and musical philosopher Pablo Minguet y Yrol, an intriguing figure who advocated the diffusion of the fine arts broadly across society. Perhaps ironically, many of the quartet's activities have focused on difficult music that has generally been the province of specialists. They have made the first complete recordings of the string quartets of Jörg Widmann, Peter Ruzicka, and Wolfgang Rihm, and they have commissioned and premiered a variety of new works in the 21st century. A noted project in which the quartet participated was a realization of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Helikopter-Streichquartett (Helicopter Quartet) in a realization by conductor Kent Nagano. The group has also made complete recordings of the quartets of Josef Suk, Felix Mendelssohn, and the Austrian composer (and romantic rival of Brahms) Heinrich von Herzogenberg. By the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the Minguet Quartett was making appearances at top venues in Germany and beyond, including the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Library of Congress in Washington, New York's Lincoln Center, and London's Southbank Centre. Frequently guests at German festivals including the Mozartfest Würzburg and the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the quartet has toured continental Europe, Britain, North and South America, and Japan. Particularly notable has been the depth of the group's CD catalog, which began in 1996 with a recording of the quartets of Othmar Schoeck on the audiophile MDG label and has strongly favored German composers. The Minguet Quartett has also recorded for the Col Legno label (the home of their Rihm cycle), as well as for CPO, Neos, Wergo, Ars Musici, ECM, and Profil. The group released an album of Mendelssohn quartets on CPO, including the youthful quartet of 1823, on CPO in 2018. They have plans for a future recording of Glenn Gould's rarely played String Quartet in F minor, Op. 1. ~ James Manheim
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