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Beethovenfest

Beethoven and more podcast #22: Quatre Chansons (Four Songs)

Cologne's Minguet Quartet, one of the finest of the younger generation, plays 15th century music at the Beethovenfest.

The Minguet Quartet from the Beethovenfest Bonn

The Minguet Quartet

Johannes Ockeghem (approx. 1420-1497)

Quatre Chansons (Four Songs)

Minguet Quartet

MP3 recorded at the Beethoven House, Bonn on September 24, 2010 by Deutsche Welle (DW)

Johannes Ockeghem was a Flemish composer and cleric. His contemporaries described him as a generous and fair man, and his music was praised and enjoyed universally.

The Cologne-based Minguet Quartet is one of the most in-demand younger generation string quartets. It consists of Ulrich Isfort and Annette Reisinger (violins), Aroa Sorin (viola) and Matthias Diener (cello).

Educated in Essen and Cologne, the four musicians received important artistic impulses from Walter Levin of the LaSalle Quartet and from the Amadeus, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets.

In acknowledgment of their status, the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia donated a set of valuable instruments to the Minguet Quartet.

Author: Suzanne Cords (gsw)

Editor: Rick Fulker

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