'…Not only is ROctet's ensemble perfect, but so is their tuning, rhythm, and manner of shaping phrases..' ROctet review in American Music Guide
Founded in 2016, the ensemble ROctet – short for Radio String Octet – does not lack passion. Proof of it is the Double Quartet by Nikolaï Afanassyev (1886), of which this is the very first recording. A melodic inventiveness – that can be at times naive and at times melancholic (Dvorak isn't always far) – […]
'…Fragment of the Scherzo from Mendelssohn's Octet op.20 in a forward motion. Recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020 where more than one person was never filmed at the same time….'
'..Interplay, harmony and recording quality are simply fantastic…'
View the fragments and the interview with Francien Schatborn at Podium Witteman.
'…Intonation and interplay are impeccable and the fun is just bursting…',
'…During that first collaboration as a string octet 'there seemed to be an immediate click, a special kind of energy', recalls Joris van Rijn, concertmaster at the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. 'Afterwards we all thought: gosh, we're going to do that more often.'
On January 22, the fairytale presentation of our debut CD was in the Uilenburgersjoel in Amsterdam.
Listen here on NPO Radio4:
The year has started well for ROctet: the Mendelssohn octet on our debut CD was very well rated in the NPO Radio4 program Diskotabel and selected as a favorite in the Comparison with 2 other recordings. This recording is on our debut CD Novoselye · Housewarming.