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Stepthen Estep
The Absolute Sound, December 2015

The Amar Quartet plays beautifully, the musicians never over-exerting themselves of the music. © 2015 The Absolute Sound



Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, November 2015

The performances are excellent. …Quartet 4 is played with appropriate amounts of both grit and elegance. Anyone interested in these pieces should certainly get this. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2015

The third and final volume in the complete string quartets of Paul Hindemith that has proved to be one of the most recommendable in the compact disc catalogue. When reviewing the first volume three years ago, I pointed to the fact that the work we now know as the First Quartet was begun in his teenage years, and having received its premiere in 1915, was put to one side and was not counted in his original canon of six quartets. Maybe the funeral march that dominates the second movement was not thought appropriate in Germany at that time. Those thoughts apart, it is a fine score redolent in thematic material that lodges easily in the memory, the bubbling scherzo that follows perfectly balancing out sadness, while the finale looks forward to happy times that lie ahead. At over forty minutes it is one of his most extended in the series and is very differing to the Fourth which is created from five relatively short movements. Here there is little to compensate for the work’s overwhelming weight of sadness, while the scherzo has a malevolence that would reappear years later in the quartets of Shostakovich, the third movement returning to melancholy. A much troubled fourth leads to a final Rondo where conflict eventually gives way to a fleeting moment of peace. …a cycle that has been immaculate in performance and sound quality. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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