This vital young New York string quartet embraces toothy modernism with punk-rock verve
...the remarkable New York string ensemble Mivos Quartet, a fearless, precise, and forward-looking new-music group dedicated to some of the toughest material being written today.
Never has a concert consisting almost exclusively of extended techniques felt so much like a meal of comfort food... [Mivos] is so adroit at this literature, it’s as if you were hearing these instruments played in the manner for which they have always been intended.
Mivos Quartet has a highly distinctive musical personality... performances of edge-of your seat intensity which still display a remarkable sense of subtle give and take within the ensemble....With performances this assured, incisive, and entertaining, the Mivos Quartet is an ensemble to be held in the highest regard.
This New York String Quartet has earned a reputation as one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles... Mivos balances it’s knack for technical extremes with emotional depth that can warm up even the harshest sounds.
(Mivos’) debut album Reappearances is a sonic dynamo of unrelenting musical power. The four quartets performed are staggering compositions in their own rights and Mivos’ interpretation and performance of each piece is absolutely transfixing.
“I was hooked by the music and the brilliant performance, as was the audience, which whooped and applauded at the end”
Mivos’ consistently masterful performance of contemporary repertoire has brought them to the forefront of the new music scene...
Skilled and focused, they share a physically, intellectually, and aesthetically energetic engagement with the high Modernist values of harmonic, gestural, and structural complexity... an exemplary contemporary ensemble.
An accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet.
The group summoned subtle gradations of tone, before the final moments dissolved into an eerie, translucent sonic mist.
Herausragende Werke der zeitgenössischen Streichquartett-Literatur hatte der jüngste Abend von “open music” im Museum der Wahrnehmung auf dem Programm. Wie gut, dass das gerade zu Weltgeltung aufsteigende Mivos Quartett aus New York mit unübertrefflichen Interpretationen dienen konnte.
Die vier Streicher produzieren einen unglaublichen Klang. Es ist, als stürzten sie sich voller Gottvertrauen von einer hohen Klippe in die Musik. Sensibel, geradezu verträumt, aber dennoch vollständig kontrolliert.