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Ivan Moody
Gramophone, January 2015

These are vital performances, edgy and energetic but rich in tone… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2015

…the Tippett Quartet makes a good…case for these works.

…the Panufnik quartets still are rarities, and this release does a better than adequate job of filling the gap. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, December 2014

The intense concentration necessary is evident at every turn and I’m sure Michael Tippett would have felt both pleased and honoured that this quartet took his name for it. …Naxos deserves congratulations for its continued commitment to releasing discs of works that are both important yet unlikely to sell in the same quantities than yet another Beethoven fifth or Albinoni adagio. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, October 2014

…Panufnik’s approach to expressiveness is very much his own. The members of the Tippett Quartet seem to have recognized this very well, making for satisfying accounts of all three of the quartets… © 2014 Read complete review

Martin Cotton
BBC Music Magazine, October 2014

The striking opening of Andrzej Panufnik’s First Quartet—a powerfully attacked unison followed by a series of fragmentary conversations—immediately shows the intensity of this performance and the richness of the recording. Sonority and instrumental colour are as important as melody and harmony: it’s fearsomely exposed writing, and the Tippett Quartet barely puts a foot wrong in the harmonics, glissandi, rustling tremolandos, and gradually emerging passion, before the music subsides back on to the note where it started.

A much recorded piece, but this is the equal of anything out there. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, August 2014

With a new Naxos release we get to hear all three string quartets by Panufnik coupled with Lutoslawski’s only work in the medium, all played nicely by the Tippett Quartet.

What the disk does in a nutshell is affirm Lutoslawski’s stature in the modern pantheon, but it also gives us a chance to see the chamber side of Panufnik in great depth, with three excellent quartets that have been rather neglected in the discographies. And he fares very well with these works on close listening.

The Tippett Quartet gives us fine readings, detailed yet woven into whole cloth, the patterns and changes brought out in sharp outline.

Get this one! © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Fiona Maddocks
The Guardian, August 2014

These two Polish composers, born and dying within years of one another, tackled the string quartet medium at different stages in their long careers. Witold Lutoslawski wrote his only example…[using] his favoured device of controlled aleatory as well as exploiting highest pitches, near inaudible pianissimos and brilliant furioso outbursts, which the Tippett Quartet deliver with relish. Andrzej Panufnik…had a gift for textures of extreme delicacy and detail, and the mood in each—though full of contrast—is predominantly beguiling and pensive. © 2014 The Guardian Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

I doubt that we will ever hear more persuasive performances than these from the Tippett Quartet, the clarity, even in the most complex passages being quite remarkable. Indeed this disc would place them at the top of the many outstanding quartets presently in the UK. The Lutoslawski…receives a superb performance, the release rounded off by a recording that is among the finest I have heard. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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