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Sunday
Mar032013

Saint-Saens Piano Quartet, Piano Quintet and Barcarolle

"The Piano Quartet in B flat, op.41 ...receives a marvelous, loving performance, beautifully paced and full of character whilst retaining all of its essential charm. Ortiz and her colleagues are equally at home in the mellifluously Schumannesque lyricism of the opening Allegretto and the angst-ridden severity of the enigmatic Andante."  

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Sunday
Oct142012

Schumann Piano Quintet

"This is a suitably vivacious performance, well balanced and deeply considered...This music thrives in performances of individuality and character."  

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Thursday
Apr262012

Kreisler and Zimbalist Quartets; Ysaÿe Harmonies du soir

A skilfully crafted and beautiful four-movement score [Kreisler’s Quartet] brought vividly to life by the Fine Arts Quartet.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Saint-Saëns: String Quartets No.1 and 2

Much credit here has to go to the Fine Arts Quartet. They’ve been around many years and their poise, commitment and overall finish show these excellent works in their best light. A must-discover side of Saint-Saëns, if you haven’t already.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Beethoven: String Quintets

Magnificent music superbly rendered. This recording of Beethoven´s rarely heard string quintets brings to us the finest music played by highly respected musicians.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Franck: String Quartet and Piano Quintet

"Cristina Ortiz and the Fine Arts Quartet map out the structural flow lucidly while generating sounds of great refinement…the Fine Arts Quartet makes it blossom like never before." (Philip Clark, Classic FM Magazine, May, 2010)

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Monday
Apr022012

Fauré: Piano Quintets

Designated by the 2012 Gramophone Classical Music Guide: "Gramophone award-winner and recording of legendary status," "Simply the best: An unrivalled version, a cornerstone of the catalogue. A real gem!"

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Sunday
Apr012012

Bruckner: Complete Chamber Music

The Fine Arts Quartet and violist Gil Sharon have recorded fully sympathetic and technically exquisite performances, and their reading of the string quintet is clearly the most engaging and revelatory of this disc.

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Saturday
Mar312012

American Classics: Four American Quartets (Glass, Herrmann, Antheil, Evans)

Naxos' Four American Quartets is a refreshing and intriguing program that whets one's appetite for the remaining slate of Fine Arts Quartet releases.

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Friday
Mar302012

Mendelssohn String Quintets (complete)

Excellent recording of Mendelssohn's less well-known chamber works...The performance by Fine Arts Quartet is exemplary, and the digital recording is excellent.

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Thursday
Mar292012

Schumann: String Quartets Nos. 1-3

Edge-of-the-seat playing marked by probing insights...The FAQ's intonation and balances are beyond reproach. Its ensemble is razor sharp in the quicker music, and in the slower moments its phrasing breathes naturally (no mean feat). Given the competition by such ensembles as the Emerson, Melos, and Takács Quartets, they shine. The sound of this disc is excellent, capturing the quartet's distinctive timbre and steering a judicious course between linear detail and ensemble heft and mass. In short, this is desert island stuff.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Glazunov: Five Novelettes and String Quintet 

Glazunov's warmly attractive lyricism, as well as his technical mastery come out winningly in both these works...The Fine Arts Quartet, plus Nathaniel Rosen on the second cello, give brilliant performances, warmly understanding as well as polished, and very well recorded in New York.

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Monday
Mar262012

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Op.18 [Box set]

A fantastic new reading of these oh-so-familiar pieces. It is wonderful to have so many new recordings by the historically great Fine Arts Quartet...This one sports the usual Fine Arts virtues: classical elegance, muscular rhythmic prowess, and sober, realistically projected stylistic congruence...What you will find is sumptuous sound in a superb recorded setting that displays these six magnificent works in about as fine a recording as you are likely to hear. Couple the sound with real inspiration and a studied presentation of these pieces, and this is likely to take first place among almost any collection.

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Sunday
Mar252012

Mozart: String Quintets 1 - 6 [Box set]

Here are brand new recordings in the best possible sound on SACD. In fact, the sound is thrilling - warm and airy, yet detailed - and makes you appreciate the playing all the more...[The Fine Arts Quartet's interpretations] are more dramatic, more colorful, more emphatic than the Grumiaux's...There is a lot of warmth and beautiful tone as well. In fact, they make K.614 more beautiful than I have ever heard it.

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Saturday
Mar242012

Dohnányi: Die Streichquartette

... drei klassisch geformte und äußerst reizvolle, weil harmonischen ungemein farbenreiche Werke mit dezentem folkloristischen Einschlag vom amerikanischen Fine Arts Quartet ... mit großer Verve und vibratosatter Klanglichkeit ...

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Friday
Mar232012

Dohnányi: Die Klavierquintette

Le meilleur enregistrement disponible à ce jour des deux quintettes avec piano de Dohnányi

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Thursday
Mar222012

Wolf: Quartet/Italian Serenade 

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.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Haydn Quartets Op.77, No.1 & 2

The artists of the Fine Arts Quartet display an eloquence with artistry and sensitivity, while emphasizing the dynamics of the contrasts and the paroxysmal tensions which underlie the entire work.

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Tuesday
Mar202012

Mozart Quartet K.465/Schubert Death and the Maiden

When listening to the Fine Arts Quartet, I was not so much aware of an interpretation but more that the playing seemed an inevitable and natural extension of the music itself...I could only surrender to their music-making with total enjoyment.

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Monday
Mar192012

Shostakovich Quartets No. 3, 7, 11

The Fine Arts Quartet's disc: impeccably played, powerfully recorded.

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