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Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, November 2014

SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 16 - Nos. 23 and 26 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) 8.225983
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 17 - Nos. 10 and 18 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) 8.225352

…these two discs are substantial additions to the Spohr discography…[these] quartets make for rewarding listening, and I wouldn’t be without these two volumes. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Jed Distler, September 2014

The Moscow Concertino Quartet doles out plenty of warmth and expressive nuance in the way of vibrato and portamento…the performances’ virtues largely outweigh the drawbacks: sample the well-controlled transitions and sustained soft playing in the lengthy yet consistently interesting Op 30 finale to hear the Moscow musicians at their best. Self-recommending to Spohr fans. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

The complete string quartets by the 19th century German composer, Louis Spohr, has reached its seventeenth and final volume with two world première recordings. Running through his life as a composer was a series of thirty-six string quartets, his ability as a violinist often presenting the quartet’s leader with a crazily difficult part. This is nowhere more apparent than in the Eighteenth, described as a ‘Quatuor brillant’, a name used to designate a violin showpiece with a string trio accompaniment. Not always numbered in order of composition, the Tenth was, in fact, his eighth and a relatively early work, its easy going content always very pleasing, particularly so in the gently flowing Minuet. Placed between the two works is a set of Variations written when Spohr was twenty-one and may have been used to display his performing technique. Nicely balanced sound, and a pleasing end to a valuable recording project. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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