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Enjoy the Music, April 2012

[Arthur Bliss’s] Oboe Quintet is a lovely, engaging work that continues to be rewarding after repeated listenings.

Alex Klein, former principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony, plays with warmth and easy virtuosity. Klein does not so much contrast as richly partner the Vermeer Quartet—a perfect ensemble of joyful music making.

…[Britten’s] Phantasy Quartet…the tonal beauty and rhythmic vitality of Klein and the Vermeer make this a version of the Quartet to listen to again and again.

The five-movement Third String Quartet… feels at times improvised, fantastic and even playful…it’s certainly satisfying as absolute music. The Vermeer Quartet have had this work in their repertoire for quite some time, and their performance is a great one, responsive to the varied moods and tremendous technical demands. © 2012 Enjoy the Music Read complete review

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, November 2007

…stunningly fresh, finding an unexpected tenderness in Britten’s early Phantasy Quartet and structural strength in his final string quartet. Alex Klein’s oboe is balm to the ears. © 2007 Fanfare

Alan Swanson
Fanfare, November 2007

Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, op. 2, is welcome; and it comes with Arthur Bliss’s rarely heard Quintet for oboe and string quartet. Both pieces are well played by Alex Klein and the Vermeer Quartet, and Britten’s Third Quartet receives a sensitive performance, as well.

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Colin Anderson
Fanfare, March 2007

Benjamin Britten’s early Phantasy Quartet (for oboe and strings) here sounds so characterful and suggestive that it appears to be newly minted, and is rapturous and volatile in effect. The string-playing is superb; add in Alex Klein’s oboe-playing, so expressive and delightfully piping in timbre, that Britten’s precocious talent is opened up quite marvelously. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review

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