Fanfare finds Dvořák: Locale to be a Gratifying Achievement!

Huntley Dent is the second Fanfare critic to add our new Dvořák : Locale recording in the “Not To Be Missed”! “ the Alexander String Quartet delivers profoundly beautiful readings of two Dvořák masterpieces with a remarkable feeling of freshness. No passage is played by rote, and you never feel the fatigue of years. For…

Fanfare says Locale is Not To Be Missed!

Jerry Dubins of Fanfare Magazine not only has our new Dvořák : Locale recording in the “Not To Be Missed” section, he’s also entering it in Fanfare‘s Classical Hall of Fame! “The Alexander String Quartet, joined by Joyce Yang in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet, has done it again. Hard on the heels of the ASQ’s recent…

Locale : Dvořák Out Today!

With their latest Foghorn Classics release, Locale, the Alexander String Quartet presents brand new accounts of two of Antonín Dvořák’s most enduringly popular chamber works. The “American” String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 from 1893 was written during the composer’s extended retreat from New York City to the rural “Czech” community of Spillville, on…

Apotheosis Vol. 1 Receives a Top Rating from InfoDad

The InfoDad blog awards ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (their top rating) to our Mozart: The Final Quartets, Apotheosis Vol. 1 recording: “ The great chamber music of the past continues to involve and thrill performers and listeners alike, and to be subject to multiple interpretations that emphasize varying elements of works that are multifaceted and have genuine depth….

Apotheosis Vol. 1 A MusicWeb International Recommended Recording!

Dominy Clements names Mozart: The Final Quartets, Apotheosis Vol. 1 a Recommended recording on MusicWeb International! “There is a transparency in the playing and recording throughout this set which has a welcoming character that is both superficially attractive and always rewards ever-closer listening. This may have something to do with the matched quality of the…

May Mozart’s Last Quartets Live Long and Prosper

Music critic Jerry Dubins offers a preview from his upcoming Fanfare review of our Mozart: The Final Quartets, Apotheosis, Vol. 2 recording: “…the Alexander [String Quartet] offers a take on these works that is suffused with feelings of warmth, mellowness, and tenderness that come from maturity—maturity in this case of both the composer and the…

Art Music Lounge Reviews Apotheosis Vol. 1

The Art Music Lounge‘s Lynn René Bayley reviews our Mozart: The Final Quartets – Apotheosis, Vol. 1 recording: “their performances put me in mind of the justly famous ones made many moons ago by the legendary Amadeus Quartet. … Alexander’s first violinist, Zakarias Grafilo, plays so beautifully that he could easily be a standout concerto…

In Meinem Himmel in The Whole Note

“…transcriber violinist Zakarias Grafilo, gave much thought and effort to preserve some of the aural colours and even the emotional innigkeit of the original… Idiomatic and virtuoso string playing and the singing is simply gorgeous. Young American mezzo Kindra Scharich has a beautiful voice, total emotional commitment and musical imagination that certainly makes worthwhile listening. Her…

Mozart Apotheosis, Vol. 1 Now Available

The Alexander String Quartet turns its attention to Mozart’s last years with this recording of the final four quartets (part of their three-volume set which includes all of his great chamber works from that period). Eric Bromberger’s liner notes are prefaced by comments from ASQ violist Paul Yarbrough, excerpted here: “Taken as a whole, Mozart’s…

In meinem Himmel “is very much worth having”

“Grafilo’s sensitivity to Mahler actually comes through particularly well… all these quartet adaptations can and perhaps should be regarded as experiments in sonority and emotional communication, and if they are not entirely Mahlerian in the former of those ways, they are highly effective in the latter. Much credit for their expressive impact goes to mezzo-soprano Kindra…

A Warm Recommendation for the Mozart Piano Quartets

“Joyce Yang plays with a full, brilliant tone, definitely aimed at getting the most possible out of the modern piano. The Alexanders play on a matched 1987 set of instruments made by Francis Kuttner. The violin and cello are designed after Stradivarius models. Together the strings produce a rich blended tone… Yang and the Alexanders…

Music Minus One, Plus One—The Alexander String Quartet Becomes a Piano Quartet

The following interview by Jerry Dubins is from the November/December 2018 issue of Fanfare Magazine and used with permission.  Two interviews and literally dozens of reviews later, the Alexander String Quartet, which has graced us with so many outstanding recordings of much mainstream string quartet literature, has joined forces with the dynamic young pianist Joyce…