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Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, January 2020

The Equilibrium Quartet plays with spirit and technical assurance… It produces a pleasing sonority that exhibits just a touch of period instrument pungency. I hope that more will be heard from this promising ensemble. The recorded sound is open, spacious, detailed, and well balanced.

This release offers some little-known but worthwhile chamber music in its premiere recording and is recommended to those who wish to widen their knowledge of the Classical chamber-music repertoire. It has also changed my opinion on whether the rest of Elsner’s output is worth exploring. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Records International, August 2019

Dating from the composer’s residence in Lviv (1792-99), these are in the genre of the French quatuor concertant and shed a bit more light on pre-Chopin Polish music; Elsner composed the first Polish string quartets to survive. © 2019 Records International



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, July 2019

The Equilibrium String Quartet is made up of talented young musicians playing period instruments, and their cohesion as a group is evidence of diligent work and knowledge of historical practice as well as musical skills. While obviously designed for the salon rather than the more lofty artistic reach of his contemporaries Haydn (who had finished all of his quartets by then) and Beethoven (who at the time was about to begin his middle-period Razumovsky Quartets, op. 59), Elsner’s quartets have a concertante focus. They’re all well-wrought and are designed to showcase the virtuosity of each instrumentalist in turn. More importantly, they’re fun to listen to, and for that, I think, we have to thank the Equilibrium String Quartet as much as Jozef Elsner. © 2019 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review





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