, May 2012
The readings are warm, comfortable, and engaging, if a bit soft-cored or spongy-toned, as was typical of the Guarneri’s corporate sound…
In 1965, when the earliest of these recordings was made—Quartet No. 14 in A♭-Major—the Guarneri was only a year old and still finding its distinctive voice. By 1979, when the last of these recordings was made—Quartet No. 13 in G Major—the ensemble was in its prime.
…these performances gave great pleasure in their time and still offer playing that showcases the Guarneri Quartet at its best…
Perhaps as a corrective to some of the more driven accounts of these works, the Guarneri’s cultured civility may be the perfect antidote for the music of one of history’s more affable composers. The budget price makes it hard not to recommend this set… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare