For the Record, Op. 161: Verona Quartet's 'Diffusion'

July 2, 2021, 12:47 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Verona Quartet
The Verona Quartet. Photo by Kaupo Kikkas.

Verona Quartet
Jonathan Ong, violinist
Dorothy Ro, violinist
Abigail Rojansky, viola
Jonathan Dormand, cello

In its debut album "Diffusion," the Verona Quartet explores folk cultures through the lens Janácek's String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters," Szymanowski's String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56, and Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, M. 35. With members from Singapore, Canada, United States, and United Kingdom, represents a snapshot of cultural migration at the turn of the century. "As a quartet of musicians hailing from across the world, we knew we wanted our first album to reflect the essence of the cultural migration that is such a big part of our identity," the quartet members said in a statement. "Through 'Diffusion,' we celebrate the spirit of intercultural exploration that permeates many of the great works of the string quartet canon. This music and the weaving together of global traditions is incredibly meaningful to us and we hope that listeners will love it too." BELOW: The four members of the Verona Quartet (currently in residence at the Oberlin Conservatory) join in a conversation about their debut recording "Diffusion" from Azica Records.

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