The saying goes: “All that is rare is precious. All that is precious is rare.” The same holds true for the classical clarinet quartet.
The clarinet quartet earned its prestige before French audiences thanks to the enthusiasm and dynamism of Quatuor Anches Hantées, the leading group of its kind in France.
This formation, out of the ordinary by nature, is comprised of Elise Marre, Nicolas Châtelain, Romain Millaud and Bertrand Hainaut. The members of the group, all having studied at the Ecole Française des Vents, are paving the way by making their artistic demand accessible to everyone. No preconception is possible with a newly formed group. The curiosity of neophytes, music lovers and even our peers breathes new life into classical music. All who have encountered Quatuor Anches Hantées will agree; the future of classical music is undeniably the clarinet quartet.
After tours organized by Alliance Française in Morocco, Pakistan and Vietnam in 2012 and 2013, Quatour Anches Hantées participated in the International Clarinet Association’s (ClarinetFest©) in Assisi, Italy. That same year, the group introduced a new program entirely consecrated to French music, “Suite & Funk,” in which unreleased transcriptions of Debussy and Ravel contrasted with the original scores of the Franco-Swiss composer Richard Dubugnon (1968- ) entitled “Saratoga Trails” and of his contemporary Guillaume Connesson with his “Prelude & Funk.”
The first clarinet quartet prizewinner of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and of the Fondation Banque Populaire, “this ensemble is astounding in its individual and collective mastery, humor, sensitivity, accuracy of interpretation and relaxation. Skillfully alternating grand repertoire pieces with unexpected themes transcribed for clarinet, they unveil a range of sound and astonishing playing. These musicians provide easy access to a music that is not always accessible. Great to hear on CD of course, but especially to see in concert, because without a doubt, these four are an amazing live act!” (Le Progrès)
Photography credits : Romain Serrano