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Stuart Sillitoe
MusicWeb International, June 2015

The Isasi Quartet has a warmth which accentuates the romanticism of the music, with their first violin, Anna Bohigas, being joined for a spirited and enjoyable performance of the Sonata by the pianist, Marta Zabaleta. Both quartets and the Sonata have been recorded well… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, April 2015

As before we have the Isasi Quartet’s violist Karsten Dobers to thank for revising and completing the composer’s original manuscripts, thereby making these performances possible. He along with the other members of the ensemble make a strong case for this music, giving us highly polished, moving accounts of these works. The Isasi’s first violinist Anna Bohigas along with pianist Marta Zabaleta deserve a big round of applause for their beautifully played interpretation of the sonata. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

The third and final volume in the complete string quartets of the Spanish-born composer, Andres Isasi, a name that today has become almost totally unknown. Born in Bilbao in 1890, his Germanic musical education did not endear him to Spanish audiences, and he was to spend much of his remaining years in the seclusion of his family’s country estate. Stylistically he began where Grieg left off, its basis always wedded to tonality. The First quartet, dating from his twenty-first year and while still a Berlin student, avoids any of the reactionary influences that were at the time attracting much attention, the Second Viennese School totally avoided. Move forward ten years to the Fifth, which was the last finished quartet, and his music had become more polished in an updated harmonic language. The result is a highly attractive score, with quite gorgeous moments in the slow second movement, and I guess that had the work carried the name of a better known composer, it would surely have found a place in the repertoire. The Violin Sonata is quite lengthy, though at times its content is so lightweight that it borders on salon music. It is a duo in content, the piano having a very weighty and positive role as the violin decorates the melody, while the scherzo has a frivolous quality. The performances throughout the disc I take at face value, the German-based quartet, recently created when these recordings were made back in 2008, have since enjoyed a career that has taken them throughout Europe. Obviously a fine group, they are tonally very well balanced, a fact much helped by a very good recording, the mellifluous quality of their leader, Anna Bohigas, ideal for the Sonata where she is joined by the pianist Maria Zabaleta. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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