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Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, July 2015

…a welcome addition to the catalog and offers not only outstanding musicianship but individual performances that clearly reflect the insight and preparation that the Ying Quartet has devoted to these works. Delivered in terrific sound, this disc is highly recommended. © 2015 Read complete review

Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, June 2015

The Ying Quartet…sound as if they really love the music and want us to love it as well. Those ingratiating opening movements are engagingly delivered, drawing the listener in, as are the affecting slow movements. In the fast music such as the Allegro molto vivace finale to No. 3 the playing is bracingly spirited, as well as remarkably accurate. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Misha Donat
BBC Music Magazine, May 2015

These are altogether admirably warm performances, with the musicians’ affection for the music everywhere in evidence. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine Read complete review

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2015

It was all the more surprising to me…upon listening to these performances, to discover some of the most absolutely ravishing playing I’ve encountered in these quartets. The Ying’s ensemble tone glows with the warmth of a lambent candle in the music’s mellow moments, then suddenly flames into a flash fire in Schumann’s flare-ups of contrapuntal confrontation.

By any measure and by all accounts, this is stunningly gorgeous and glorious playing of Schumann’s string quartets by the Ying Quartet. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

James Forrest
Fanfare, May 2015

The Ying Quartet is technically as close to flawless as ensembles get. The group is in its second decade, and the four instrumentalists breathe and play as one. And, they are tonally lovely. I do not know of a current string group that produces any more beautiful a sound. Abetted by sonics that truly deserve the hackneyed term “state of the art,” their playing comes across with no barrier. The clarity and, in this music so important, the balance are splendid. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times, March 2015

These insightful performances balance Romantic impetuosity with refinement and intelligence. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review

Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, March 2015

…everything [the Yings] play sounds effortless and natural. This is perfect for Schumann. Without overplaying, they bring out all the profound emotional depths. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Laurence Vittes
Strings Magazine, March 2015

[The Yings are] unafraid of Schumann’s use of musical thoughts from Beethoven’s quartets…which they play proudly as passages of affirmation.

The musical miracles are enhanced by a transparent, slightly resonant recording, generous in moments of stunning beauty like cellist David Ying’s legato rising above violin pizzicatos in the slow movement of No. 1. © 2015 Strings Magazine Read complete review

John Broggio, February 2015


Neatly comprising Schumann’s string quartets, the Ying Quartet make a very good case for these works indeed.

…the Ying Quartet displays a wonderful ability to marry the incidental detail with the longer line so that the listener always [hear] there is momentum to the musical journey from the very opening to the final notes of the coda.

Highly recommended. © 2015 Read complete review

Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, February 2015

…the Ying Quartet gives passionate and committed performances of these wonderful works. Schumann’s non-keyboard compositions are often viewed as being somewhat pianistic, but if any of his works belie this view it’s these string quartets: they are beautifully written—idiomatic, strong and imaginative, sensitive and nuanced, with wide-ranging emotions and an abundance of rhythmic vitality. All of these qualities are fully exploited by the Ying Quartet; this is full-blooded Romantic playing recorded with a rich resonance. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), January 2015

Robert Schumann’s three string quartets were all written in just a few weeks in the summer of 1842, and his writing for strings is, for better or worse, rather pianistic. Though there are passages and textures in the quartets that are clearly influenced by keyboard technique, this is glorious music. The Ying Quartet’s new recording brings out the imagination and wit, vitality and virtuosity, and heartfelt yearning and emotion that are displayed throughout these three works. © 2015 WFMT (Chicago), November 2014

Fleet and lively, yet introspective and thoughtful, the Ying Quartet’s performances of Schumann’s three string quartets are involving in the manner of the best chamber music: there is intimacy here as well as drama, inward focus among the players as well as outward expressiveness directed at a larger audience. The Ying Quartet handles each work as an individualistic piece, exploring the emotions and expressiveness of each and bringing forth their different characters to very fine effect. © 2014 Read complete review

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