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Steve Moffatt
Limelight, January 2017

…this is an exceptional performance of the two works, recorded with great clarity and immediacy. Just listen to the bridge passages in the opening of the Kreutzer—it will make you hairs stand up. © 2017 Limelight Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2017

This is a terrific Janáček album, one that is distinguished by some of the most coruscating and arresting playing I’ve ever encountered in the composer’s quartets. That, along with the added bonus of the lovely On an Overgrown Path arrangement to fill out the disc and a sensational recording to boot, makes this a release that simply has to be heard by everyone. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2016

This is a performance that will be hard to top. The addition of “On An Overgrown Path” makes the release all that much more appealing.

There are no quartets quite like this and Quartetto Energie Nove give us beautiful readings of the new Critical Edition. Don’t hesitate! © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, November 2016

…I find the excellent Lindsay Quartet on ASV nimble, articulate and highly skilled but more ‘placed’ without the fire and wildness that is often near the surface in this composer’s works. …The players provide all the dynamic and tonal range you could possibly hope for… One advantage of this close, occasionally oppressive sound is that the four instruments are very clearly placed in a semi-circle in front of the listener. Even without a score there is great clarity in the way Janáček shares the primary melodic material around the group.

Ultimately the quality of the playing and music-making trumps the concerns about the engineering but this was close to being an exceptional disc and one any admirer of this composer should hear. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, August 2016

Violinists Barbara Ciannamea and Hans Liviabella, violist Ivan Vukčevič and cellist Feliz Vogelsang play at the very edge of passion; they remind me of the late, lamented Colorado String Quartet in their commitment and sense of drama.

In addition to their passion, Quartetto Energie Nove utilizes a very bright sonority of a type that has all but disappeared from modern string quartet playing. This is the kind of sound that hearkens back to the Amar, Pro Arte and early Budapest String Quartets of the 1920s, bright and lean with an almost edgy quality tempered by their superb intonation and remarkable blend.

This disc is a killer! © 2016 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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