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Film music critic, Thomas Kiefner has a very kind new review for our Brahms: The Quintets & Sextets recording:
“Along with coffee I put on the String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88 (1882) of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and what a pleasant way to start the day! …the upbeat well structured Quintet No. 1 is a breath of fresh air and is sure to put a smile on your face… Well recorded and played, this CD further establishes The Alexander String Quartet as an important force in chamber music. If you like chamber music you won’t be disappointed.” —Thomas Kiefner, Film Music: The Neglected Art
“Their two-CD set of the Quintets Op. 88 and 111, and Sextets Op. 18 and 36, with violist Toby Appel and cellist David Requiro, shows the Alexanders at the full breadth of their powers. Their moderate speeds proceed with a sense of rightness, and they lay on all Brahms’ color and emotion with a uniquely detailed, transparent warmth. Perhaps the quartet’s greatest success lies in their seemingly spontaneous, organic ability to unfold and maintain line and phrase across conventional pulse and bar sign marks.” —Laurence Vittes, Strings
Look for the full review in Strings Magazine soon, and visit www.AllThingsStrings.com for more information!
KUAF 91.3FM (Arkansas) has is featuring our Brahms: The String Quintets & Sextets CD on their “Of Note” program hosted by Katy Henriksen. “Of Note” is an hour devoted to classical recordings of note, as well as classical music and fine arts events of note in the listening area.
“Explore a Brahms before Vienna with his first string sextet, composed in Detmold, about 100 miles southwest of Hamburg, when he served as a court composer. Note the richness of the lower tones in a new recording by the Alexander String Quartet joined by Toby Appel and David Requiero.”
An ArkivMusic.com customer calls our Brahms: The String Quintets & Sextets CD “Chamber Music Heaven!”
“The Alexander with augmented forces show their mettle in beautiful recordings of the Brahms sextets and the string quintets. All come off with beautiful playing, phrasing and intonation. I was especially impressed with the Sextets which are some of my favorite works. The tempi are spot on and the players mesh beautifully together. The string quintets are very well played and recorded as well. Even if you have other recordings of these chamber works, this recording will still offer much enjoyment!!” —Joseph Lieber, ArkivMusic.com
Classical Net‘s Brian Wigman has a fantastic new review for our Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets recording with Joyce Yang:
“This disc is nothing short of a delight, beautifully projected chamber music in deliciously clear sound. The Alexander String Quartet…play magnificently here, and young pianist Joyce Yang proves more than a mere partner. As a way to get both works on a single disc, it doesn’t get much better than this. … Yang plays so colorfully, so whimsically…Her colleagues are equally expressive, and the sound is crystal clear. This is great music making, but also music making that sounded like it was a genuinely good time. There is something to be said for that, especially in today’s market of overblown superstars and indifferent recordings. … Yang and her collaborators clearly love this music…everything here is a remarkable achievement. Great packaging compliments a very fine and intelligently-themed chamber program. Superb.” —Brian Wigman, Classical Net