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Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, July 2020

The first thing to note about this fascinating album of string quartets by artists known primarily as concert pianists is that the expectations set up by the particular careers of Glenn Gould and Friederich Gulda are not met, at least not in a conventional sense.

The Acies Quartet plays the music with a concentration and devotion that would honor Beethoven. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, May 2020

This disc is a real find. Both quartets are lovingly realised, beautifully and warmly recorded. This is a disc I will return to. © 2020 Gramophone



Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, May 2020

A string quartet by Glenn Gould? Sounds fascinating, and it is…

Gulda’s quartet is also romantic in sensibility and harmony, and also early. (He wrote it at age 20.) No one would guess from this piece that the musical world was in turmoil when it was written in 1950. The work is clear and logically ordered.

The Acies Quartet plays both works with an impressive clarity and purity of line; the performances sound modern even if the works are not. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Olds
The WholeNote, March 2020

The Acies Quartet, founded some 15 years ago, is now in the fifth year of its current membership. Having studied and participated in masterclasses with some of the world’s outstanding ensembles—including the Alban Berg and Guarneri Quartets—it is not surprising that these still-young musicians play with an understanding beyond their years. Of note, besides excellent musicianship is their curatorial inspiration in bringing these two little-known works together. © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



Records International, March 2020

Quartets by two controversial maverick geniuses of the keyboard that offer, in one case a fascinating glimpse of what might have been and in the other a thoroughly accomplished example of the development in progress of one of music’s most unpredictable characters. © 2020 Records International Read complete review



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, January 2020

Two charming string quartets

What is rather shocking about this album made up of String Quartets written by Friedrich Gulda & Glenn Gould—the bad boy twin pianists of the 20th century—is how normal both works sound. That both works are actually very appealing to anyone who knows late Romantic music and isn’t allergic to a tasteful bit of the Second Vienna School, is not at all surprising, considering the immense personal charm of both musicians. © 2020 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2019

Between 1941 and 1952 Glenn Gould composed some works without an opus number. Between 1953 and 1955 he composed his Opus 1, the String Quartet. … It takes some courage to play this piece of 36 minutes because basically it has not enough ideas for such a length. But the Acies Quartet from Linz plays the Quartet skilfully. The four musicians convey an extremely intense interpretation of the four movements, full of inner tension and fully based on lyricism and expressiveness.

The Acies Quartet’s excellent recording of the Gulda Quartet had already been released by Gramola in 2009 as a world premiere recording together with works by Debussy and Puccini. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review





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