01 La Cumparsita
This piece is customarily played at the very end of a milonga and is one of the most famous pieces in tango repertoire! There are approximately 994,884,578 existing versions! “La Cumparsita always takes me back to my first visit to Buenos Aires. To a then 13-year-old aspiring bandoneon player, experiencing a live performance of La Cumparsita by a full orquesta típica made a lasting impression!“ Andreas
“It is THE quintessence of tango. But the music can‘t be reduced to a trope!“ Martin
11 Si Sos Brujo
“I like that Francini was a classical violinist in a symphony orchestra, which I can personally relate to. Most notably, he died on stage during one of his Tango performances. Thankfully I‘ve survived all my concerts thus far!“ Thomas
21 Una Vez
The 2020 pandemic has put a temporary stop to our collaboration with our dear Argentinian friend Leonel Capitano. Thanks to the wonders of technology, this recording has been fed to your living room from two different continents!
(Excerpts from the booklet Inotes of the Cuarteto)
Thomas Reif, violin Karel Bredenhorst, cello Andreas Rokseth, bandoneon Martin Klett, piano The Cuarteto SolTango epitomises the next generation of authentic tango, combining the luscious sound of a traditional orquesta típica with the verve of true chamber musicianship. With the unique combination of violin, cello, bandoneón and piano, they connect the Argentine Tango of the „Golden Age“ with the tradition of chamber music concerts.
They interpret a wide variety of classic tango styles
ranging rom icons such as Aníbal Troilo, Juan d‘Arienzo and Lucio Demare right up to the pioneers
of the Tango Nuevo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Horacio Salgán, in alluring arrangements by Martin Klett.
Since it was founded in 2008, the quartet was invited to perform repeatedly at the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein and Oberstdorf, thereby launching their musical brand at outstanding classical venues.
Since then, the four have played at a number of international festivals – most recently at the innovative Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, the Heidelberg Spring and the Studio Concert series at Bavarian Broadcast, Munich.
Following their debut album, they published their second album Cristal in 2015, collaborating with the German National Broadcasting (Deutschlandfunk) and the chamber music label CAvi. Rave reviews by Rondo and The Strad magazines, but also in the Tangodanza magazine proclaim their great success in the classical market as well as the international tango scene. The third album Sin Palabras was released in 2019.
SolTango performed live on stage at the acclaimed Blue Tango show during the International Tango
Festival Düsseldorf and the show Terra Tango at the Ghent Festival of Flanders. The four virtuosos
have been celebrated by dancers at international tango festivals in Hamburg, Oldenburg and Leipzig,
including appearances with prestigious dance couples such as Michelle & Joachim (Basel), Alejandra &
Mariano (Madrid), Gastón & Moira (Buenos Aires) and Claudia & Matias (Berlin).
Profound instrumental skills paired with a common curiosity to explore different genres unite the four musicians of the Cuarteto SolTango. Its initiator Martin Klett is known as an international prizewinner and a pianist with many faces, who teaches at the conservatoires of Leipzig and Detmold today.
The dutch cellist Karel Bredenhorst, also a founding member, performs not just as a versatile chamber musician, but also in experimental crossover projects. Violinist Thomas Reif has been appointed concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the age of 26, after receiving numerous international awards.
The bandoneon is played by the Norwegian Andreas Rokseth, who has graduated as the best bandoneonist in the history of the Codarts University Rotterdam and who has thrilled the Argentine audience at the Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial with his Duo Julie & Andreas (Harp & Bandoneon).