Wolf: Quartet/Italian Serenade

"Warm, full sound...this Hänssler Fine Arts Quartet performance...is well played by this long established American group in the pleasing acoustics of the Sudwestfunk Studios in Baden-Baden."  (Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010) 


"The String Quartet in D minor...is well-worth careful audition, especially if you are emotionally touched by the late Beethoven String Quartets." (Classical Net, August 11, 2008)  Full review

"RECOMMENDED RECORDING" (Theodore Libbey, The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music, 2006) 

***** "This CD by the 10 star Fine Arts Quartet is a tour de force...the Fine Arts Quartet is absolutely into it with extraordinary skill and a grand capacity to put us into the heart of this gifted and troubled composer." (Amazon.com, June 9, 2005)   Full review

"A silver-toned, scampering rendition of Wolf's witty and concise Italian Serenade makes a delightful encore. Warmly recommended." 
(Classics Today, January 10, 2002) 


"In this recording, the Fine Arts Quartet is well on top of the music's technical demands and plays with enthusiastic energy."
(Carlos Maria Solare, The Strad, January 2002) 


"True to their name, the musicians of the Fine Arts Quartet exhibit a high degree of artistry, and they have a beautiful sound, which is but one of their many means of artistic expression." (Frankfurter Allgemeine, November 9, 2001)

"The Fine Arts's blend, precision of ensemble, dynamic range, and sheer interpretative heft proclaim them among the finest of today's string quartets." (Music Web International, September 2001)  Full review


"Die Interpretation springt einen beim Hören förmlich an: Das Fine Arts Quartet legt hier eine Referenz-Einspielung des ohnehin sträflich vernachlässigten, meisterhaften Quartetts von Hugo Wolf vor...Das Fine Arts Quartet entwickelt einen 'Ich lasse dich nicht'-Sog, dem sich kein Hörer entziehen kann - eine Studio-Produktion mit allen Meriten einer Live-Einspielung." (Klassik Heute, 01.07.2001)  Full review 


***** "Jo es una tarea sencilla enfrentarse al Cuarteta en Re menor de Hugo Wolf, A su enorme dificultad hay que u n i r el complejo desarrollo dé uíía música muy personal y carjgada de expresividad. El Cuarteto Fine Arts no se arnedrenta y desde la tensa introducción inicial aporta una densidad interpretativa muy acorde con los movimientos más arrebatados. Líricos y refinados exponen el muy bello movimiento lento, una curiosa y melancólica meditación que se. considera uno de los más sinceros de su autor. La grabación se completa con la popular Serenata italiana, simpático y relajante paseo después de la pasión del gran cuarteto precedente."  
(A.G.L., ABC (Madrid), 02/06/2001)  Full review       

"Eine atemberaubende Aufnahme eines immer noch unterschätzten Werkes." 
(RONDO - Klassik- & Jazz-Magazin, 10.05.2001)  Full review

"The Wolf  D Minor Quartet is a work that makes severe demands on the players, and few are those willing to risk programming it in public. The Fine Arts Quartet makes as strong a case for it as one could wish, in a performance that carries real conviction; and the Italian Serenade...is also most attractively done." (BBC Music Magazine, October 2001)  Full review
BBC Music Magazine

"The CD is to be highly recommended." (Crescendo, das KlassikMagazin, Oct/Nov 2001) 

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