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…

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…

“You Can’t Go Wrong” With Mozart Apotheosis Vol. 2

American Record Guide critic, Paul Althouse, has a new review of our Mozart Piano Quartets recording with Joyce Yang in the November/December 2018 issue: “These Mozart quartets strike a perfect balance between vibrant energy and lyrical grace. The music never feels too slow or indulged; indeed, the energy never flags. At the same time, though,…

A Warm Recommendation for The Mahler Song Cycles from Fanfare Magazine

Fanfare Magazine’s Huntley Dent gives a recommendation for The Mahler Song Cycles: In meinem Himmel in the January/February 2019 issue: “The [Songs of a Wayfarer] song cycle poses no perplexity for the acclaimed Alexander String Quartet and mezzo Kindra Scharich. She sings with musical sensitivity, attention to the text, spot-on intonation, and a meltingly lovely timbre….

New Classics Reviews In Meinem Himmel

The UK’s New Classics review site features our new release with Kindra Scharich, Mahler Song Cycles: In meinem Himmel: “Zakarias Grafilo, violinist with the Alexander String Quartet, has transcribed these wonderful song cycles, saying that he ‘Wanted to recreate some of the aural colours from the orchestral instrumentation while maintaining the intimacy of the piano…

The Whole Note Reviews Mozart: Apotheosis, Vol. 2

The Whole Note Reviews the Alexander String Quartet’s Mozart: The Piano Quartets – Apotheosis, Vol. 2 recording with pianist Joyce Yang: “Mozart was not the first to write quartets for piano and strings, but his two contributions – the Piano Quartet in G Minor K478 and Piano Quartet in E-flat Major K493 from 1785 and 1786 respectively – are…

Available NOW – Mozart: The String Quartets – Apotheosis, Vol. 2

The latest release from the Alexander String Quartet, Mozart Apotheosis, Vol. 2 is now available for streaming, download, and CD purchase! “these are by far, hands down and feet up, the most amazing performances of Mozart’s two piano quartets that have ever graced these ears.” —Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine “the Alexanders sound probing and sympathetic,…