What the press says
"...the completely different world of sound which the Schlagquartett Köln used to make the other works a profoundly sensuous experience. With a very unusual set-up involving an entire arsenal of percussion instruments that filled almost the entire concert hall with sound, it developed a precise and rhythmical virtuosity"
"...proved, by almost classical standards, what power can be developed by an interpretative approach that aspires to be more than a mere means to fulfilling a work's compositional intent."
"In this exciting concert, the Schlagquartett Köln gave a convincing demonstration of the potential variety and openness of New Music."
"The Schlagquartett Köln hit home with this work, playing their way into an ethereal world of flageolet-like, shimmering sounds and contemplative sinus tones in C. J. Walter's "Luftspiegelung".
Stuttgarter Zeitung 2001
"...the audience experienced a fascinating, top-grade entertainment informed by a sort of circus artistry, and gave the skilled percussionists and consummate showmen from Cologne a correspondingly warm reception."
Wiesbadener Kurier 2001
"Rhythmic power and delicate poetry of sound."
Neue Ruhr Zeitung 1999
"The Schlagquartett Köln and the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart gave a fabulous interpretation of Beat Furrer's new work 'Stimmen/Quartett'...
Neue Musik Zeitung 1999
"Attentive, enjoying the sounds and their perfect ensemble playing, they brought out the very best in the compositions and instruments."
Neue Presse 1999
"Listening and laughing, provocation and fun: a percussion concert as it should be."
Saarbrücker Zeitung 1997
"Total music theatre on the loose."
Wiesbadener Tagblatt 1997
"One of the highlights of the festival was the concert given by the Schlagquartett Köln..."
Frankfurter Rundschau 1996
"The world of sound that can unfold between the gentlest "plink" and the most furious drum roll was presented with great verve and breathtaking precision by the Schlagquartett Köln."
Westdeutsche Zeitung 1996
"....watching these young percussion artists from Cologne perform is a pleasure both for the ear and the eye....Percussion as a meditative aural exploration of a cosmos of sound, brilliantly interpreted."
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung 1993
"Thomas Witzmann's 'Rommelpott' written for the Schlagquartett Köln, was witty and full of japes: a lively bestiary of ghostly acoustic phantoms, produced by rubbing and plucking cords strung between resonating bodies."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 1992
".....highlights: the Schlagquartett Köln's professional interpretation of Huber, Rihm and Denissow."
Kölner Stadtanzeiger 1992
"..... 'Psalmos I' by the Greek composer Iannis Vlachopoulos became a highlight. This uncommonly vital work clearly and convincingly showed the Quartet's technical prowess and precise ensemble playing."
Neue Westfälische Zeitung 1991
"This Cologne group's precise ensemble playing and clever structuring of the complex phrases was impressive. Cage's 'Amores'was played with great tranquillity and persuasive power."
Bonner Generalanzeiger 1990
von HYPERWERK 2002