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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, November 2015

Exceptionally anachronistic, there are maneuverings that suggest a close study of Beethoven. © 2015 La Folia Read complete review




Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone, December 2014

Superb readings by an ensemble destined for greatness. © 2014 Gramophone




John Miller
SA-CD.net, September 2014

…the Nightingale String Quartet has gone from strength to strength, and on this disc their depth of communication and projection of love of Langgaard’s music is simply superb, all technical difficulties overcome.

Much awaited, I am sure this second volume will quickly be snapped up and as fêted by reviewers as Volume 1. My highest commendations for Volume 2. © 2014 SA-CD.net Read complete review



Julian Haylock
The Strad, July 2014

The players capture perfectly the youthful ardour of ‘Rose Garden Play’…pointing up the music’s transmutation into the sophisticated musings of the Fourth Quartet with exquisite subtlety, further enhanced by their decision to swap leaders for the later work. They also gently acknowledge the A flat major Quartet’s backward stylistic glances with a nostalgic affection and sense of joy that is highly contagious. © 2014 The Strad Read complete review



Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, July 2014

The Nightingale Quartet delivers an excellent rendition. …a performance of such maturity and sensitivity. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, May 2014

Plenty to enjoy on this disc, not least the ideally sympathetic performances. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, April 2014

…the Nightingales play this music with an understanding and love that puts competitors in the shade. And it’s all beautifully recorded. Recommended… © 2014 BBC Music Magazine




Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone, April 2014

…this is a highly impressive reading of a work anticipating Janáček’s quartets in sheer emotional acuity.

One can only look forward to the final release in this important and worthwhile series. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, March 2014

I was delighted to see that Volume 2 of the outstanding series of the complete String Quartets by Danish composer Rued Langgaard (1893–1952) has been released…

Once again, the performances by the prize-winning all-female Nightingale Quartet are outstanding—warm, passionate, expressive, and displaying great ensemble playing. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, March 2014

Besides Langgaard’s delightful, fundamentally hospitable music, the NSQ’s interpretations are also most commendable. A blend of expressive astuteness and technical self-confidence leaves the whole project smelling aptly of roses. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, March 2014

LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet) 6.220575
LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Nightingale String Quartet) 6.220576

The Nightingale Quartet…have a collective temperament ideally suited to Langgaard’s sometimes quirky creations, and acquit themselves well on these highly acclaimed releases.

Their perspicacious melodic phrasing, attention to dynamics, and well-chosen tempos give us some significant additions to the composer’s recorded repertoire, and include the finest version of the third quartet now available. Hopefully their concluding efforts in this series will be just as rewarding.

The stereo tracks on these hybrid discs consistently project a generous soundstage with the instruments ideally placed and captured in nourishing reverberant surroundings. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review





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