Enjoy the Music
, April 2012
[Arthur Bliss’s] Oboe Quintet is a lovely, engaging work that continues to be rewarding after repeated listenings.
Alex Klein, former principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony, plays with warmth and easy virtuosity. Klein does not so much contrast as richly partner the Vermeer Quartet—a perfect ensemble of joyful music making.
…[Britten’s] Phantasy Quartet…the tonal beauty and rhythmic vitality of Klein and the Vermeer make this a version of the Quartet to listen to again and again.
The five-movement Third String Quartet… feels at times improvised, fantastic and even playful…it’s certainly satisfying as absolute music. The Vermeer Quartet have had this work in their repertoire for quite some time, and their performance is a great one, responsive to the varied moods and tremendous technical demands. © 2012 Enjoy the Music Read complete review