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Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, October 2013

Listening to the Signum Quartet on this CD is a particularly rewarding experience. It’s like being seated right among the musicians, fully catching the energy they produce with their playing. © 2013 Pizzicato



Arnold Whittall
Gramophone, September 2013

A trio of characterful and accomplished 20th-century string quartets make a satisfyingly substantial programme of a kind now rare on the contemporary recording scene…Part 2 of Bartók’s Third Quartet…is at its best in an exceptionally eloquent third section, but the hell-for-leather coda seems almost majestic in its management of the considerable technical challenges when a stronger sense of danger and impending disaster is really required.

Schnittke’s Third Quartet from 1983 is an ideal vehicle for this ensemble and comes over impressively in a well-judged recording that is neither too resonant nor too dry. Some performers would attempt a more otherworldly tone quality in the initial Andante, with its allusions to Lassus, yet the fuller sound of the Signum team is no less effective. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, July 2013

Three quartets each being the composer’s third is a neat idea and these three are certainly representative of the particular sound-worlds from which they originate.

I found the disc an extremely interesting and beautiful one and the Signum…play each work with panache and a huge degree of obvious enthusiasm.

If you know these works already you’ll enjoy these interpretations and, if not, you will be rewarded by their introduction into your musical life. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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