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New Releases Reviews Roundup!

We’ve already had a good amount of reviews come in for our new recordings, so here’s a roundup in case you’ve missed any!

Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets

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Brahms: The Quintets & Sextets

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Alexander String Quartet at Allegheny College

Some fantastic photos from our time in Professor Jeff Cross’s Physiological Psychology class at Allegheny College!

New York Times Features Brahms & Schumann Piano Quintets

Brahms Schumann Piano QuintetsThe New York Times, “Classical Playlist” features our new Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets recording:

“Alongside her burgeoning career as a soloist and concerto performer, the pianist Joyce Yang has also demonstrated impressive gifts as a chamber musician. Here she joins the excellent Alexander String Quartet for passionate, soulful readings of two pinnacles of the chamber repertory.” —Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

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Pictures on Silence Reviews Bartók & Kodály

bartók & kodály: complete string quartets | cover artworkAfter a rave review of one of our latest releases, Don Clark has a new review for our Bartók & Kodály recording:

“The Alexanders dig into this music with technically secure, well paced performances… The Alexanders’ performances are dramatic, lean and intense, but never unpleasant or forced. Clean, clear and on pitch pizzicati are noteworthy throughout the three discs… The quartet has a fine feel for the folk music elements and relish them at every turn without exaggerating or even detaching them from the overall texture. … As with every Foghorn Classics release I have encountered, complete, legible and intelligent notes are part of the package. Add these always intelligent, intense, musical, satisfying and well recorded performances… you have a special release indeed.” —Don Clark, Pictures on Silence

Read the full review on the Pictures on Silence Blog!

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ASQ and the Cypress Quartet at the SF Friends of Chamber Music Gala

The Arts Desk Reviews Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets

Brahms Schumann Piano QuintetsGraham Rickson has his weekly Classical CD reviews up on The Arts Desk, and he’s got a rave for our new recording, Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets with Joyce Yang:

“Schumann’s fiendish piano writing rarely lets up, and one of the joys of this beautifully nuanced performance from the San Francisco based Alexander Quartet is the contribution made by pianist Joyce Yang. She’s beautifully integrated into the sound picture, understading that this isn’t a concerto in disguise. There’s a delicious moment when the first movement’s second theme is recalled by cello and viola, Yang’s soft, syncopated chords providing flawless support. The movement’s close is sensational. …

“The [Brahms] work’s darker, weightier cast is nicely caught, and Yang’s rhythmic drive propels the music along…Classy playing and vivid recording make this a highly desirable CD.” —Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

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Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets now in iTunes!

Now in iTunes — Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets


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