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Mark L Lehman
American Record Guide, November 2013

The quartets…are gorgeous from beginning to end, with dancing allegros and dignified, serenely expressive adagios on achingly lovely melodies…Those slow movements in particular transcend “folk music” to become universal and timeless in their appeal—as if they sing the song not of one place and culture but of every place and time on our lovely blue-green planet. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, October 2013

The Bretón Quartet is amassing a fine reputation especially in the area of Spanish chamber music. They are on perfect form here and very much at home. The recording is balanced beautifully and is also forthright yet with space around the individual musicians.

This is definitely worth exploring… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review




James Manheim
Allmusic.com, August 2013

Spain’s Bretón String Quartet…never flags in energy or precision, and Naxos’ studio sound is very strong…A fine offbeat choice from the label’s consistently interesting Spanish Classics series. © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, July 2013

The vibrantly raw and edgily up-front tone of the Bretón Quartet has been majestically caught by the engineers. One could never describe the playing or the sound as grey.

These fresh and well-chosen revivals merit wider attention from anyone with a predilection for the string quartets of Ravel, Kodály, Bax or Moeran. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

We passed through a period, a number of years back when Naxos introduced us to the delights of the 20th-century Spanish composer, Jesus Guridi. He had been a pupil of d’Indy in Paris before returning to his homeland where he enjoyed a major performing and composing career. In France he developed a taste for exotic colours which was to continue, while retaining throughout his life a belief in tonality, his only works for string quartet coming in 1933 and 1949. Without wanting to make exaggerated claims on their behalf, they are sadly neglected scores that have the fingerprints of a fine composer who has fashioned two works of four movements of a commercial length that would make them readily programmable. He had a ready gift of attractive melody, and could offer the type of scherzo that lodges in the memory. The music also contains those feelings of nostalgia, especially in the third movement of the first quartet, that has made British music so popular in recent times. Maybe the harmonies are a little more pungent in the Second, its two outer movements quite powerful in texture, the scherzo here placed third in a very vivacious prestissimo. Both works must be very attractive to play as they offer so many engaging passages for all four members, as is obvious the Bretón String Quartet, a quartet who have made a reputation playing Spanish music since their formation in 2003. Six days in the studio for this one disc shows immaculate preparation, and their performances exemplify that fact. The recording is outstanding, and I would commend the disc to you as a release that has given me tremendous enjoyment and pleasure. © David’s Review Corner






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