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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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