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Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, June 2016

Part of the secret to Cuarteto Latinoamericano’s performance style is their use of a fast, tight vibrato, creating a bright shimmer and not a loose “throb.” This keeps the “sentimental” moments from becoming mawkish or having too much heart-on-the-sleeve emotion. Their consistency of style also leads into their consistency of expression… © 2016 The Art Music Lounge | An Online Journal of Jazz and Classical Music Read complete review

Steven E. Ritter
Fanfare, November 2010

The Villa-Lobos quartets have the recording they deserve, a musical phenomenon that spans so many stylistic influences and a dazzling array of colors and contours. This was the one choice this year that was never in doubt—the Latin American Quartet is so absorbed in this music and so dead-on in interpretation that it is difficult to believe these vital works will ever have a recording to match these. The bonus DVD with interviews and a performance of one of the quartets only adds to its desirability.

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, November 2009

…for the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, this repertoire is their metiér. They had taped Quartets Nos. 5 and 17 for Élan prior to embarking on this set, and their deep knowledge and love of the music shine through.

This issue is clearly the one to get, but in either incarnation, the Latinoamericano’s set of the Villa-Lobos string quartets is a mandatory investment. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review

Greg Cahill
Strings Magazine, October 2009

The Grammy-nominated Mexican ensemble Cuarteto Latinoamericano…brings out the lyrical and rhythmic genius that infuses many of these 17 string quartets.

The playing on these six discs is stellar throughout. And though you might quibble with the decision to present these works out of chronological sequence, the resulting program is richly rewarding.

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