The Santiago Quartet is a classical ensemble specialising in the vibrant, soulful music of Latin America. Founded in Merida, Mexico in 2005, the Quartet has performed with artists including Grammy Award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericáno, singer/songwriter Ana Silvera, and Yucatan guitarist Cecilia Perera (Naxos). The Quartet's début recording, Latin Perspective, with Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson, received outstanding reviews in Gramophone and Songlines Magazine.
The Santiago Quartet’s second album, Language of the Heart, is a collaboration with virtuoso bandoneon player and Tango music specialist, Julian Rowlands, featuring the Nuevo Tango music of Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla, and a beautiful English string quartet by Will Todd. In its first week of sales, the album entered the UK Specialist Classical Music Chart at no. 3, and was the highest ranking new release in the Classical Album Charts - a huge achievement for a first release by a small independent label.
Praise for Language of the Heart
"I’m listening to the stunning chromatic clarity of your Piazzolla, I’ve always loved this music, both cerebral and sensual in equal measure, but this is truly special." - Sting
"Just heard Love Song by Will Todd and Santiago Quartet. Such beautiful writing and playing." - James Clutton, Director of Opera, Opera Holland Park
"Absolutely Stunning!" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"Melancholy sensuality." - Songlines Magazine
"Gorgeous performance!!" - Georgia Mann-Smith, Presenter, BBC Radio 3 Breakfast
"It's a beautiful, magical thing...So beautiful" - Stig Abel, Presenter, BBC Radio 4 Front Row
"Sexier than 50 Shades of Grey" - Bob Geldof
"Quite simply a beautiful recording" - RNR Magazine
"This is simply wonderful" - Grant Llewellyn (Music Director North Carolina Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne)
"Passion, truth, strength, fragility, struggle and hope... Thank you for bringing such love and beauty into the world." - Amazon Review
"These musicians really get under the skin of the music. Whilst the music stands at a crossroads between more popular and ‘classical’ genres, the musicians avoid any trace of superficiality to find its emotional heart, contrasting achingly reflective moments with the right amount of drive in the faster sections, and real pazazz" - Ray Picot, Vice Chairman, Iberian and Latin American Music Society
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