peter hanson

Peter formed The Eroica Quartet in 1993 with colleagues from the world of period instrument performance. 

The group immediately attracted attention with their vision of a revived Romantic approach to the string quartet literature, from Beethoven to Debussy. Their performance style was so unusual at the time that it struck listeners as radical. In 1997 they began their first Beethoven cycle, appearing at the City of London Festival and in the same year appeared at the Aix-les-Bains Nuits Romantiques Festival in France.

 

The Eroica quickly became established, and toured extensively in the United Kingdom as well as making visits to France and the U.S. Their American debut was in Washington, D.C. and the New York debut was in February 2001, at the Frick Collection.

 

For Harmonia Mundi USA they recorded the Mendelssohn and Schumann quartets and Beethoven quartets Op. 74, 95 and 135. 

 

For Resonus Classics they recorded the original 1825 version of Mendelssohn's Octet, Op. 20 and, more recently, the quartets by Debussy and Ravel. Released to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth, this album represents the first modern recording of the works to feature performances on gut strings and with aspects of period performance.

'Performances of exhilarating freshness and verve'  Daily Telegraph

 

'Ravishing playing' Classic CD

 

'Refreshingly impetuous' The New York Times

 

'Heroic, questing, unsettling and magnificent performances’ BBC Music Magazine

 
Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 1 in E Flat Op. 12 1. Adagio Non Troppo - Allegro Non TardanteEroica Quartet
00:00 / 07:47
Schumann - String Quartet No.3 Op.41 1. Andante Espressivo, Allegro Molto ModeratoEroica Quartet
00:00 / 07:26
Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20 1. Allegro Molto e VivaceEroica Quartet and Friends
00:00 / 15:55

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