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Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, September 2012

Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 1 appeared in 1888…The Andante sostenuto is…a simple, lyrical song whose charm lies in its rich accompanying harmonies, while a central section nods perfunctorily at counterpoint. But the finale is by far the best thing in the work, a theme and variations (a form that, like Glazunov, Arensky excelled at) of a very Russian cast. The variations revel in the art and unpredictability of which the composer was a master.

The Ying Quartet started life in 1988 with four Winnetka, Illinois, siblings who all studied at the Eastman School of Music. Their most distinguishing characteristics are an emphasis on energy, a narrow, disciplined tone, chance-taking, and intense group practice. I enjoyed their silky and at times quixotic versions of the Tchaikovsky quartets and Souvenir de Florence…and wasn’t surprised to find much the same qualities exhibited on this release…as the central section of the Piano Quintet demonstrates, they and pianist Adam Neiman are certainly capable of using rubato and expressive dynamics as to the romantic manner born. These are, in short, worthy performances of all three pieces.

With excellent sound, definitely recommended. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review



Jerome Crossley
WCLV, August 2012

It’s all very attractive music—particularly the Andante sostenuto of the G major quartet—and the Ying Quartet plays as if Arensky’s work were absolutely first rate. © 2012 WCLV Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, July 2012

The andante sostenuto [of Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 1] is better, a simple, lyrical song whose charm lies in its rich accompanying harmonies, while a central section nods perfunctorily at counterpoint. The finale is by far the best thing in the work, a theme and variations (a form that, like Glazunov, Arensky excelled at) of a very Russian cast. The variations reveal the art and unpredictability of which the composer was master.

The Ying Quartet started life in 1988 with four Winnetka, Illinois, siblings who all studied at the Eastman School of Music. Their most distinguishing characteristics are an emphasis on energy, a narrow, disciplined tone, chance-taking, and intense group practice.

With excellent sound, definitely recommended. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review



Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, April 2012

the Ying Quartet lay out the breadth and sustaining power with elegance and ease. The Ying Quartet’s feline focus and seamless ensemble create lines that flow, charm and interact in an entirely natural, unaffected manner, even during the music’s occasional drifts into salon and sentiment. In the Piano Quintet, Adam Neiman spins out the display passages with dazzling facility and makes the most of his moments of faux emotional turbulence. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Mike D. Brownell
Allmusic.com, November 2011

Performing Arensky’s First and Second string quartets, along with the Piano Quintet, is the Ying Quartet. This ensemble’s playing is characterized by a surprisingly precise, consistent uniformity of sound and exactness of articulation, making it seem as if a single instrument were playing as opposed to four independent parts. All aspects of their technical execution are polished and refined, which only enhances their equally enjoyable musical effusiveness, rich, deep tone, and understanding of Arensky’s scores that casts them in the best possible light. This level of integrity continues when the quartet is joined by pianist Adam Neiman… The same consistency of sound production and ensemble cohesiveness provides listeners with a highly enjoyable way to experience Arensky’s chamber works. Read complete review






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