MusicWeb International Recommends Brahms & Mozart Clarinet Quintets

Glyn Pursglove offers a second MusicWeb International review of our Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets recording with Eli Eban and makes it a recommended recording! “Even on my first listen to the disc, it was clear that this was the work of musicians with great respect for these two masterpieces, but who were not inhibited…

MusicWeb International Reviews Brahms & Mozart Clarinet Quintets

MusicWeb International critic Jonathan Woolf reviews our Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets recording with Eli Eban: “ if it’s Mozart and Brahms you want, then you will find that the Alexander Quartet and Eban provide readings of lyric warmth predicated on scrupulous and nuanced musicianship. … eloquently phrased qualities held in just balance by the…

Stereophile Declares Brahms & Mozart Clarinet Quintets “A Joy”

Jason Victor Serinus gives a Four-Star Performance and 4.5-Star Sonics rating to our Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets recording with Eli Eban in the September 2020 issue of Stereophile Magazine: “Set down with a matched quartet of instruments… the performances were recorded last year in hi-rez at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere, California, with…

Finding healing in Brahms and Mozart Clarinet Quintets

Rafel de Acha reviews our Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets recording with Eli Eban for his Music Notes site: “There are times – either times of day or times in which we live – when music can provide healing, induce calm, soothe our troubled hearts, allay our fears, and for a moment dispel our cares….

Fanfare Magazine Reviews Brahms & Mozart Clarinet Quintets

Jerry Dubins has offered a preview of his review of our Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets recording with Eli Eban coming to Fanfare Magazine: “Immediately apparent in this new recording is the warmth and sweetness of Eban’s tone. … Where the clarinet needs to soar over the strings, Eban also accomplishes that in an unforced…

Art Music Lounge Reviews Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets

August 14, 2020 brings the Alexander String Quartet and clarinetist Eli Eban’s Brahms & Mozart: Clarinet Quintets recording! Critic Lynn René Bayley has a pre-release review on her Art Music Lounge site: “[In the Mozart] They very properly use a light, quick vibrato, which is what string players of the 18th century actually did when…

MusicWeb International Reviews In Meinem Himmel

MusicWeb International reviews our Mahler Song Cycles recording with Kindra Scharich: “Pace Grafilo, I actually find this quartet transcription more intimate than the piano version. Four string players, working in coördination, can actually be more flexible than one pianist at a grand piano, whose imposing resonance somehow induces formality. Many passages in the Rückert songs and the Kindertotenlieder move along rather briskly:…

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ

It has been the Alexander String Quartet’s pleasure to present a performance of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on Good Friday alongside verse readings by Dean Emeritus Alan Jones. This year, we spent Holy Week creating a virtual performance. We recorded each of our parts while sheltering-in-place, and our…

ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF VIOLIST PAUL YARBROUGH AND NAMES NEW MEMBER DAVID SAMUEL, AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCOMPLISHED CHAMBER MUSICIAN, SOLOIST AND ORCHESTRAL MUSICIAN

TRANSITION TO BE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED AT THE QUARTET’S SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES FEBRUARY 29 CONCERT AT HERBST THEATRE The 39-year-old, San Francisco based Alexander String Quartet  (ASQ) announces the retirement of violist Paul Yarbrough, who will be succeeded by David Samuel. The public announcement will be made at their San Francisco Performances Saturday Morning Series performances…

The Whole Note Reviews Dvořák: Locale!

The Whole Note’s Ivana Popovich reviews our Dvořák : Locale recording in their December 2019 issue: “ If I was asked to describe Dvořák’s chamber music, I would say it has the characteristics of an abundant ball of energy, the one that brings joy no matter what and is enriched by the occasional touch of…

Five Star AllMusic Review for Dvořák: Locale!

AllMusic‘s James Manheim gives a Five-Star rating to our Dvořák : Locale recording! “There is absolutely no shortage of recordings of these two popular Dvorák works, but this one is a standout. … Consider this pairing of the String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (“American”), with the Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81….

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…