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Rob W McKenzie
MusicWeb International, September 2016

…the Curzon/Amadeus performance from the Royal Festival Hall is the most expansive of the three; Andsnes/Artemis is the swiftest and Uchida/Formosa is a little more expansive than the latter.

…in their Brahms offering, Uchida/Formosa and Delos have given us a modern performance and recording of excellence. The pairing with an impressive performance of a relatively unfamiliar work brings an added enticement. This issue will provide lovers of romantic music with many rewards. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, September 2016

The Formosa’s reading of the familiar Brahms is thrilling from end to end. …Brahms’s work and this one especially, benefits from vigorous rhythms, clear phrasing, and a solid, gritty string tone. It certainly gets them here. The scherzo—a movement even Brahms-haters enjoy—is a knockout, irresistible in its precision and verve. …There are many great readings of the Brahms, but the genius of this one, plus an off-beat and valuable coupler, slides a thumb onto the scale. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2016

…[Reiko Uchida] is the glue that holds these performances together. …The four string players [Formosa Quartet] are better than good, they’re outstanding—I think I like this performance of the Gernsheim for its intensely impassioned reading… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), June 2016

Late-Romantic German composer Friedrich Gernsheim was acknowledged by Brahms as a master composer, despite his music falling into obscurity. Gernsheim’s Piano Quintet No 2, featured on this release, is a fantastic example of the composer’s multi-genre output. The work is paired with Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor. Pianist Reiko Uchida and the Formosa Quartet perform these works with grace and drama. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

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