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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2012

Dubois’s contribution to the genre is a stunning one that can easily stand beside those of Fauré…and the Ames Piano Quartet projects the work with a good deal of thrust in the outer movements and an aching nostalgia in the Andante molto espressivo.

…the Ames Piano Quartet provides well over an hour’s worth of exquisite music impeccably played. So, strongly recommended. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

V. Vasan, November 2011

This marvelously lush album by the Ames Piano Quartet is a joyous CD for the listener. Unfailingly romantic and expressive, it is an exemplary recital of chamber music. Read complete review

Daniel Foley
The WholeNote, November 2011

This is the 14th release by the Ames Piano Quartet, the resident chamber music ensemble of Iowa State University. Their latest recording features French chamber music from the first half of the twentieth century.

Venezuelan-born Francophile Reynaldo Hahn (1874–1947) is represented here by a late Quartet in G published in 1946. His elegant, finely crafted quartet betrays little personal anxiety considering the circumstances; though the tender third movement suggests a certain regret, the general tone is one of restrained optimism.

Florent Schmitt[’s] Hasards Op. 96 (1944) towers over his compatriots on this recording thanks to its brilliant colours, refreshing mutability and sheer rhythmic inventiveness.

Bringing up the rear is the teacher of both Hahn and Schmitt, the distinguished Théodore Dubois (1837–1924)…his impeccably proper Quartet in A minor (1907) bring to mind the music of César Franck, an impression confirmed by the cyclic return of earlier themes in the finale of the work. Schmitt remains the indubitable star of the show however and reason enough to own this intriguing collection of lesser-known repertoire.

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