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Byzantion
MusicWeb International, December 2013

BARTOK, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, 5 (Euclid Quartet) AR-0060-2
BARTOK, B.: String Quartets Nos. 2, 4, 6 (Euclid Quartet) AR-0053-2

…the Euclids are as technically superb, texturally lucid and expressively insightful as any. Bartók himself would surely have been impressed, if not amazed, at the way they bring these hugely demanding works to life.

Overall…this Euclids’ orchard bears big juicy fruits, to which music-lovers should help themselves without further ado. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, September 2013

If I say that the Euclid has given me the opportunity to rediscover this wonderful music, I hope you’ll appreciate that this is high praise indeed. There are a number of fine recordings available, but none that I know of have more of the sense of discovery than these alert, thoroughly alive performances from the Euclid. Rhythms in the faster movements…are razor sharp, while the more inward music of Bartók’s great slow movements have a penetrating intensity that I think is everything the composer envisioned. A nicely balanced recording… If you’re a Bartók devotee, I think you’ll want to hear this recording and possibly add it to your collection, even if your shelves contain classic renditions… © Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2013

Having now heard the Euclid Quartet’s second and concluding volume in its Bartók quartet cycle, I remain as favorably impressed as I was after hearing the ensemble’s first installment containing the Second, Fourth, and Sixth Quartets.

It is hoped that the Euclid Quartet’s players will record more extensively, for based on their performances in these Bartók quartets, they are as fine an American string quartet ensemble as any on the scene today…Any ensemble that can more than hold its own in Bartók’s string quartets…deserves our serious attention. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2013

This release by the Euclid String Quartet of Quartets 1, 3, and 5 by Béla Bartók is a real winner. This quartet, consisting of violins Jameson Cooper and Jacob Murphy, violist Luis Vargas, and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li, inject a lot of personality and presence into the music on this new release. Additionally, Cooper’s excellent booklet annotation makes these works, central to an understanding and appreciation of Bartók, more accessible to the first-time listener. © 2013 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review





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