Their pieces have names like "Abbadeus", "Tribute to Elise" and "Rondo Mondiale". Violinist Tobias Paulus, pianist Benedikt Ter Braak, Marco Alleata on bass and drummer Jan Friedrich undertook excursions into the world of opera with “Queen Carmen” and “King’s Army”.
The four thoroughbred musicians of the Chronatic Quartet developed their own, completely authentic signature. They didn't just combine fragments of different styles and epochs and put them back together according to the principle of a collage, they made a new, original piece out of it. The original initiators were still recognizable as quotations, but developed a dynamic life of their own in a varied dialogue. This is an exciting process that the musicians repeatedly aroused curiosity about in their moderation.
“Doesn't fit into any drawer” (…) the audience will probably not forget the concert anytime soon.
Fortunately, the band didn't make the mistake of tailoring the classical music until it fits into the tight skirt corset. Nor did they take the wildness of rock pieces in order to somehow adapt them to the classical music. No, the four musicians left both things as they are and mixed them up where they fit.
(...) What the four musicians (...) made with Bach and James Bond melodies thrilled the audience. Classic sounds skilfully mixed with pop songs, that is what the musicians celebrated, (...) Their fresh, innovative pieces were very well received.
Nomen est omen – werden auf Patchwork unterschiedliche klassische Stücke und mehr und meist weniger moderne Stücke der Rock- und Popkultur miteinander verquickt. Aber – und das finde ich grandios gelöst – hier werden nicht die klassischen Werke gnadenlos modern und die modernen Werke klassisch arrangiert. Hier kommt das Schlagzeug bei den klassischen Werken zum Einsatz genau wie die Violine und das Klavier. Und so finden dann eben diese Instrumente auch zu den modernen Stücken.
Der Clou ist dabei, dass (…) die Arrangements zeitlos werden,(…)
"Symphonically valuable!" (...)
There are no limits for the more than creative Chronatic Quartet.
The Chronatic Quartet mixes classical, rock and pop into an unusual mixture on their album “Patchworks”. Three of the four musicians come from Saarland - reason enough for SR reporter Chris Ignatz to include the CD in his list of his favorite recordings from the region.