Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Awards 2007: Chamber

Schubert: String quartets nos.13 & 14
Takács Quartet

In Fanfare, James Reel says "This is an exceptional release from an ensemble with no shortage of such things in its catalog". A few issues later, his colleague Bart Verhaeghe also reviews the disc: "Granted, we’re not short of sublime recordings of these two great string quartets, but sometimes one is stunning, and so we reviewers should grant it the attention it deserves (of course, that’s our pleasure)... It is unnecessary to repeat what has been said before, but certainly worth a little recapturing; this recording is quite thrilling". David Hurwitz says on Classics Today, "Hyperion already has cornered the market with its roster of top pianists, and with this release the label looks about ready to do so with string quartets as well". 

Kalliwoda: String quartets nos.1-3. Talich Quartet [Calliope]
Toch: Tanz-Suite; Cello concerto. Christian Poltéra; Spectrum Concerts Berlin/Thomas Carroll [Naxos]
Bartók: String quartets nos.5 & 6. Arcanto Quartet [Harmonia Mundi]
Viola music by Brahms, Bridge, Enescu, Franck, Glinka, Tabakova. Maxim Rysanov; Evelyn Chang [Avie]

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