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"The program of Haydn, Dohnányi and Zimbalist was a lovely array of the familiar, the relatively unknown and the almost completely obscure. It opened with Haydn’s String Quartet in F, op.74, no.2. The Fine Arts rendition was robust, focused and beautifully balanced...The musicians focused on its [the first movement's] formal integrity. They didn’t sacrifice the lyrical component, and the Andante grazioso second movement was particularly lovely. The Menuetto and Finale were vigorous and engaging...The Fine Arts performance [of the Dohnanyi] was thoroughly persuasive. The transitions from the introductions to the faster material were seamless, though that was only one of the many delights of the offering. Clean, well-blended and unanimous in intent, the four musicians were wonderfully expressive throughout the concert and these qualities brought the best features of Ephrem Zimbalist’s String Quartet in E minor to the fore.
(Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen, July 6, 2012)
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