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PARIS, 15 October 2005—The string quartet is often seen as the vehicle for the blossoming of a certain idea of pure music, born during the early years of German romanticism.  For those with a passion for this intimate musical form, the Second String Quartet Biennial in Paris is an excellent pretext to spend a week in the French capital this November.

 Late morning and evening concerts at the Cité de la musique offer a variety of programmes that range from J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart to Schubert, Berg, Bartok, Birtwistle  and Dusapin among others. Participating quartets include Prazak Quartet, Julliard String Quartet, Quatuor Arditti, Talich Quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques, Quatuor Sine Nomine, Amati Quartet and Turner Quartet. Heinz Holliger (oboe), Paul Meyer (clarinet) and Philippe Müller (cello) and pianist Alain Planès are among the featured soloists.

November in Paris is chilly and wet. Cultural events at this time of year  are best enjoyed in the Parisian manner with a quick stop for un petit en cas at a nearby café or wine bar before a concert or theatre performance, followed by le souper and lively conversation at a favourite brasserie or restaurant.

2e Biennale Quatuor à cordes
4 - 9 November 2005
Cité de la musique
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Information & bookings:
(33) 1 44 84 44 84  



Cuartetango: L'Atelier
Leonardo Suarez Paz, violin I
Alejandro Drago, violin II
Nicolas Danielson, violin II
Ron Lawrence, viola
Daniel Miller, cello

EMI CLASSICS: 0946 3446390 4

Recently released in Buenos Aires and soon to be released in the United States and Europe, the Cuartetango String Quartet's debut album L'Atelier incorporates classic works from the Golden Age of Tango and new and original arrangements of Nuevo Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Nestor Marconi, Osvaldo Berlingieri, Osvaldo Montes, and other leading composers. Cuartetango was founded by violinst Leonardo Suarez Paz, a leading exponent of Nuevo Tango's fusion of traditional tango, jazz and contemporary classical music. The Argentinian string quartet's new CD also features performances by Nestor Marconi on bandoneon, Saul Cosentino, Carlos Zunini, Fernando Suarez Paz and the Suarez Paz Quintet with Beatriz Suarez Paz.

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