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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2014

…rhythmic precision, sheer beauty of tone, idiomatic interpretation, and clarity of recording…

For anyone unfamiliar with Rózsa’s chamber music, I can’t think of a better place get your ears wet—and to whet them too—than with this wonderful Naxos CD. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, May 2014

These works make it clear why Rozsa was so effective as a composer for Hollywood. He was able to build real tension, sustain it, and bring it to a satisfying resolution. He was the kind of storyteller that is rarely found in music or film. The Tippett’s riveting performance would easily substitute for an afternoon at the multiplex! © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, February 2014

The Tippett Quartet plays these works with great fervour and with a fine understanding of the differing characteristics of the phases of Rózsa’s career. Especially notable are Julia O’Riordan’s playing in the Trio and Bozidar Vukotic’s in both quartets. The sound quality for all three pieces is quite good…For all Rózsa fans. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, January 2014

Britain’s Tippett Quartet delivers slashing, kinetic performances that showcase these underrated pieces ideally. Recommended especially for string quartet players themselves, who will benefit if they get to know and program this music. © 2014 Allmusic.com Read complete review



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, December 2013

I trust that anyone who is not already convinced that this composer truly deserves recognition as a great one whose contribution is highly valuable will be won over by the superb music on this disc. The musicians playing it do so with verve, enthusiasm and a passion that is evident throughout. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

Now more popularly remembered as a composer of film scores, Miklos Rozsa’s musical life started at the early age of seven as a prodigy composer and violinist. Built into his contract with the MGM film company was a three month break in each year to further his ‘serious’ composing, and it was in those periods that both of his quartets were written. The first dated from 1950, its content placing it in mainstream tonal works of the time that flirted with atonality. With his native Hungarian influences ever present, it is a score redolent in easily assimilated thematic material, and shows his mastery of the quartet idiom and the juxtaposition of instrumental sonorities. It was to be thirty-one years later that he returned to the idiom…the whole work is so instantly enjoyable. The disc is completed by the String Trio composed when he was twenty and still at the Leipzig Conservatory. The young British group, the Tippett Quartet, play with passion and tremendous commitment, and the sound quality is the best chamber music disc I have heard from Naxos. © David’s Review Corner





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