Category: Review

Music is the Path, Not the Goal



In February 2023, Jasmin Röder, a recorder player and also a columnist for the German magazine Tibia specializing in recorders, wrote to us requesting an interview. The interview was published in May 2023, and now we provide a translation for our readers in Portuguese and English. Portraits: Music is the Path, Not the Goal Original Article: or read the original PDF file here Jasmin Röder in Conversation with the Quinta Essentia Recorder Quartet May 5, 2022 Jasmin Röder / Photo: © Paulo Rapoport The Quinta Essentia Quartet, founded - Leia mais...
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Brazilian Recorders at “The Interludes”



Original article: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018 REVIEW  Quinta Essentia, “The Interludes”, First Lutheran Church, Torrance  by David J Brown    The fact that the South Bay has several chamber music series, most of them master-minded by Jim Eninger , means that—like the weather in New England—if whatever is current is not to your taste, then just wait as something different will be along shortly.And usually that something different is really different…  I don't know about in America, but way back when I was in post-war English primary school the last resort of hopeful music-teachers faced with a class of terminally unmusical kids was to hand out an armful of treble recorders and hope for the best. As one of those kids, it was quite a few years before I reali - Leia mais...
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‘An inspiring and distinctive performance’: Quinta Essentia’s Art of Fugue



Original post: We were delighted to receive leading Brazilian recorder quartet Quinta Essentia’s latest CD for review in this issue. Summer Alp, a final-year undergraduate student of recorder and baroque oboe at the Royal College of Music in London, reviews the disc for us here... Quinta Essentia is Brazil’s premier recorder quartet. This is their third recording since forming ten years ago (previous discs are ‘La Marca’ in 2008 and ‘Falando Brasileiro’ in 2013), and only the second ever recording of J. S. Bach’s Art of Fugue on recorders (the first is from the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet in 1998). The recorder consort is uniquely placed to perform this work, which famously does not specify instrumentation. Previous performances and recordin - Leia mais...
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Bach: The Art of Fugue – Quinta Essentia Quartet



Original post: Review by Adrian Quanjer - March 12, 2017 This is special in a number of ways. The most obvious one is: more than 81 minutes of recorded sound against 80 minutes said to be the maximum for the CD layer. However, a more important one pertains to the choice of instruments. Before going into that, it’s perhaps useful to realize, though scholars do not agree, what ‘The Art of the Fugue’ is about; what was Bach’s purpose? It is illuminating that Bach did not write the variations for a specific instrument. They were written in so called ‘open score’. This was not uncommon in those days, as long as it gives at - Leia mais...
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America Tour: Review at NEIU Independent



In May and June 2016, Quinta Essentia toured over United States passing over 8 cities in 5 states. There were 7 concerts, and its members offered 8 masterclasses and a speech, also participating at the SAA Conference in Minneapolis and the Whitewater Early Music Festival. About the concert at Northeastern Illinois University in the Jewel Box Series, Quinta Essentia received the review by the NEIU Independent, transcribed below: Recording Bach: Quinta Essentia Jewel Box Original article: Pablo Medina, Production Manager May 25, 2016 I never hear enough recorder in my life. The same is most likely true for many people, even in kindergarten and music appreciation classes. The Quinta Essentia Quartet from Brazil made that statement truer with their strong perfor - Leia mais...
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