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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2012

To these six seminal 20th-century string quartets the Guarneri applies its well-known warm tone and plush sound.

…these are superbly executed performances, and you could say that the Guarneri Quartet has profited from those pioneering ensembles for which the music was new, difficult, and still shocking.

…the Guarneri plays Bartók with a beauty and elegance that unmistakably connects these works to the long legacy of the Classical era string quartet repertoire…at Newton’s budget price, this is practically a steal. Definitely recommended. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, June 2012

The Guarneri Quartet was in top form in these performances of works which span Bartók’s entire career, and the set—especially at the price—can be recommended without reservation. The original recording and transfers are all excellent. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, May 2012

The sound on these classic mid-’70s performances for Columbia is still good and the performances of the greatest 20th century string quartets (only those of Shostakovich rival them) are the only ones of the time that really rival the classic performances of them by the Juilliard Quartet. One of the great integral Bartók sets. © 2012 The Buffalo News






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