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Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, May 2019

In the meantime, Germany’s Klenke Quartett is joined by violist Harald Schoneweg onMozart The String Quintets, a quite beautiful three-CD issue that sets a very high standard (Accentus Music ACC80467 accentus.com). Having already recorded the complete Mozart string quartets, the Klenke Quartett saw the recording of the six quintets—No.1 in B-flat Major K174, No.2 in C Minor K406, No.3 in C Major K515, No.4 in G Minor K516, No.5 in D Major K593 and No.6 in E-flat Major K614—as a logical continuation.

Phrasing, the use of vibrato, and articulation are based on historically informed performance techniques, and contribute to the ensemble’s superb clarity, sensitivity and an innate understanding of the richness and wide-ranging emotional moods of these wonderful works. © 2019 The WholeNote



John Dutterer
American Record Guide, May 2019

Having recorded five separate albums of Mozart’s quartets, the Klenke Quartet joins forces with Harald Schoneweg to knock out all of the composer’s string quintets in one fell swoop. … This German ensemble splits their time with Schubert, Debussy, and Webern, and it is precisely this dichotomy that I hear at work on this set.

The sixth quintet is a standout, a happy marriage of the instruments.

The energy level is usually appropriate, the sound acceptable, and there’s no sense that the musicians are doing anything other than enjoy themselves. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



The Arts Desk, April 2019

A lovely set, handsomely recorded to the boot. © 2019 The Arts Desk



Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone, April 2019

The Klenke Quartet play modern instruments but are assiduous in their application of historically informed performance practice. Vibrato is employed so sparingly that if I happened upon these performances on the radio, I might at first think they were played on period instruments. With intonation that’s consistently spot-on, the ensemble’s gleaming, fine-spun tone not only beguiles but allows for a textural clarity that can enhance the brilliance and exhilaration of certain passages. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Tully Potter
Classicalsource.com, March 2019

The present set of Mozart’s Quintets features the all-female Klenke Quartet, who met as students in Weimar and made their debut in 1994.

Robbins Landon points us to the Minuet of Haydn’s Symphony No.44 for the model for this Minuet. The Finale is a theme-and-variations: the Klenkes are robust in the first variation, exploratory in the second, inward in the third, robust in the fourth, graceful in the E-flat fifth, zippy in the sixth, suitably mysterious in the seventh and robust in the C-major variation and brief coda. © 2019 Classicalsource.com Read complete review



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, February 2019

…The Klenke Quartett (with the addition of guest violist Harald Schoneweg) deliver performances that I can only call “luminous,” their tone crystalline but rich and their interpretations insightful—conveying beautifully the characteristic “here comes the Romantic era” emotion of Mozart’s middle-period music as well as the classical formalism that constrains it. … Highly recommended to all classical collections. © 2019 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, January 2019

The immediate response of the musical world to the Klenke Quartett’s performances and recordings of Mozart’s string quartets was one of acclaim and superlatives.

Deutschland Radio exclaimed: “They are four equally talented musicians, who interact in the most marvelous, indeed, most exquisite fashion.” © 2019 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2019

The Klenke Quartett, four women with considerable talent, sympathy and togetherness, plus Harald Schowenweg (who fits in like he was born to it) make it all seem so necessary, so right. The Klenke outfit comes to these Quintets after recording the complete Mozart Quartets, as the inclination, disposition and experience of and for living inside Mozart string music pays wonderful dividends. © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, October 2018

I’ve long been a fan of the Klenke Mozart String Quartet recordings on Profil, released in the first decade of the 2000s. This new release shows some familiar strengths: a fine ensemble sound, careful but not over-precise, with enough character to set these performances apart even from such well-known groups as the Amadeus Quartet with Cecil Aronowitz or the Guarneri Quartet with Michael Tree… The Accentus engineers provide a surprisingly big, resonant space which matches well with the big sound of these fine string players. This is a more than just an enjoyable release; it’s a profound experience. © 2018 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review





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