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Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, May 2015

There are many people who will enjoy this, and…the performances are certainly adequate. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David R. Dunsmore
MusicWeb International, January 2015

This disc must be considered a success and should appeal strongly to lovers of late nineteenth century music who want to explore. …these works make for an enjoyable and absorbing hour.

The playing and recording are first rate… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

William Yeoman
Gramophone, January 2015

All three are first recordings; all are played with great gusto by the New Zealand-based Dominion Quartet; all are worth hearing for their superb craftsmanship and a melodic freshness which is anything but derivative. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

The penultimate release in this desirable cycle of Alfred Hill’s seventeen quartets, music that I can only describe as coming from a host of neglected chamber works. In the first half of the 20th century Hill represented Australia and New Zealand on the international music stage, having been born in Australia in 1869 before spending his younger years in New Zealand. At the age of seventeen he was sent to study in Leipzig.before returning to New Zealand where he spent the next twenty years. Moving back to his birthplace in 1910 he was to die there at the venerable age of 91. Prolific in his output—including eleven operas—he wrote in a mode that had already passed by long before the close of the 19th century. Yet forget the date of creation and simply enjoy the charm and good humour of three works where everything is so skilfully crafted, while his experience as a member of a string quartet, leaves the music sitting comfortably under the player’s fingers. Does it require a more dramatic content and the widening of the dynamic range? Well maybe, but why not have ‘good news’ music for a change. Try the playful finale to the Twelfth for a sampling point, or the bubbly scherzo of the Thirteenth, a score where the ghost of Mendelssohn hovers in the backdrop. But then why should he suddenly produce a masterpiece in the Fourteenth? I don’t know the answer, but it could well have been a child of Brahms, the weight of the outer movements, and the gravitas of the following Adagio only slightly relaxed in the Menuet. The whole adding up to a score of substance that should be in the quartet repertoire. A few more retakes could have sorted out some deviations in violin intonation, but I strongly commend the disc to you. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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