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Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, November 2017

Franz Schubert’s isolated Quartettsatz in C minor is possibly the greatest music on this disc and counts with his full quartets in A minor and D minor as possibly his best chamber music works.

A mix of music from many European countries played nation-wise just as mixed group, consisting of players from Denmark, Australia, Italy and France. The playing is everything one could wish for, the recording is excellent and the liner notes, by the quartet’s Sarita Kwok, give valuable information on the works. Even well-stocked quartet lovers will probably find new acquaintances here. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Catherine Nelson
The Strad, October 2017

This is an artfully balanced mix of rarities, the caustic wit of Shostakovich providing fine contrast with more luxuriantly romantic moments, and some seldom-heard Puccini and Wolf making a welcome appearance. The Arabella players—from Denmark, Australia, Italy and France—met at Yale School of Music, and their five years together have reaped rewards in their well-matched tone colours and sense of breathing as one.

…this is a fine disc, the Arabella digging deep to produce performances of great intensity and poise. © 2017 The Strad Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2017

From Denmark, Australia, Italy and France, the members of the Arabella Quartet first met at the Yale School of Music in the United States, where Causa and Kwok were serving on the faculty, and debuted in Boston in 2012. Their recording debut followed two years later, the rather curious programme of music demonstrating a very secure technique—the two violinists interchanging as the leader—and offer an immaculately balanced group. It would be idealistic to say at this early stage that they characterized the style and period of the composers, but the choice of music plays to their strength in producing a nice warm tonal quality. They also show that they can produce a wide range of colours in Joaquin Turina’s La Oracion del Torero, and capture the naughtiness in the Polka from Shostakovich’s The Golden Age in his own quartet version. Nielsen’s At the Bier of a Young Artist is suitably sad, but why just include three of Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces when there was ample room on the disc to accommodate the complete work. The problem facing all string quartets at the moment is the sheer number in the marketplace, so that the members of the Arabella are also following separate careers, but let us hope they meet frequently in the future. Close-up but very cleanly detailed sound. © 2017 David’s Review Corner




David Mellor
Classic FM, June 2017

This is an album well worth dipping into, exceptionally well played by this young American team. © 2017 Classic FM Read complete review





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