Colorado String Quartet: Brahms, String Quartets Op. 51
American Record Guide Review
SCHUBERT: Quartet 14
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet, op 80
; Parnassus 96024 66 minutes
Sometimes I read what I have said about the Colorado Quartet and think
"are they really this good?" Every time I hear them I am surprised by
their playing--at just how fine a quartet they are.
This recording of Schubert and Mendelssohn is every bit as fine as
their Brahms recording (Nov/Dec 1997). In the Schubert they reveal their
phrases bit by bit and their pacing is extraordinary. I especially like
the way they play the "Death and the Maiden" song and plunge into the
variations. The Mendelssohn is perfect--just the right combination of
extroversion and introspection, as well as the perfect balance of
classicism and romanticism. They have a real sense of freedom with a
highly disciplined and highly structured sense of rhythmic movement.
Their balances are beautiful, and they play with real tonal imagination
and a strong collective personality that is open and welcoming. They
blend with and balance each other beautifully. It is impossible to hear
where one musician ends and another begins. Their playing is ideal; I
have not heard a modern quartet play these pieces better.
American Record Guide, July/August 2000
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