About the Momenta Festival 2015:
What is the Momenta Quartet? Throughout the four-day event, Momenta proposed many solutions to this question by skillfully navigating over four centuries of repertoire… Momenta possesses an honest and heartfelt dedication to exploring this question without yielding to a gimmick or tag line. A sum of inspiration and personal discovery that operates beyond the boundaries of period or aesthetic.
The performance [of Philip Glass' Music in Similar Motion] was taut and compelling, as was that of Ives’s brash and quirky quartet… the mesmerizing Glass piece, typically performed on instruments of different families, may be where the players’ vaunted individuality counted the most.
[Momenta Quartet] played with verve, intellect, expression, and impressive instrumental skill. There were vivid musical depictions of myriad experiences and psychological states.
The Momenta has, yes, that momentum which seizes the moments, makes light of difficulties and gives an always forward, even aggressive delight in their music…The entire program, though, had that sense of animation coming from four players who never let their digital chops overcome what was most essential: Their sense of elation, musical enunciation and sheer joy.
[They] unleashed a veritable firestorm of intensity… Momenta inhabited every note in an impassioned reading that combined brilliant virtuosity with the utmost sympathy and unity of intent.
A paragon of the concert-going experience: excellent music that was entirely fresh and new, played with skill and élan… Momenta’s playing throughout the concert was superb.
Word of the Momenta Quartet’s diligence, curiosity and excellence is definitely out.
The Momentas were at their most potent in Haydn’s Quartet Opus 20 No. 1, applying opulent, sustained legato in the slow movement. Few American players assume Haydn’s idioms with such ease.
The Momenta Quartet gave it a warm, graceful reading… a focused, fluid performance.
The Momenta players unleashed an utterly abstract, utterly beautiful sonic skyscape… An extraordinary musical experience.
The [Momenta] Quartet has critics and audiences alike buzzing about its range and exuberance.
The Momenta players brought delicacy and understated confidence… with a burnished tone and judicious vibrato.
Fresh sound and focused energy…
The Momenta Quartet performed with fire, fantasy, and absolute musical commitment.
…A fluid yet razor-sharp performance from the Momenta Quartet.
A fine and adventurous string quartet.
An outstanding ensemble prone to innovation and exploration.