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 instruments played here, all built by Francis Kuttner in 1987 and known as the Ellen M. Egger quartet of instruments… While the Alexander Quartet exudes enjoyable refinement and restrained poise there is also plenty of drama and excitement present. The final movement of K499 is bracingly vital, and the opening Allegrettoof K575 has a wide-ranging and dynamic pungency. These quartets all have unexpected developments and sometimes stormy changes of character, and the Alexander Quartet players are all highly responsive to everything Mozart has in store for them. … I have very much enjoyed the Alexander Quartet’s deeply humane performances in this fine recording, and would recommend it wholeheartedly”—Dominy Clements