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  New Zealand String Quartet



    "the players showed fastidious care and stylish music-making."
    Washington Post

    "fluid and energetic... uncommon eloquence"
    New York Times

    "...the Kiwis rivaled the excellence of leading international string quartets...they let the lyrical music ebb and flow with warm tone and beautiful balance. The ensemble was cohesive, the energy positive."
    Cleveland Plain Dealer

    "This concert opened with Mendelssohn's Capriccio, given a performance both stern and exhilarating, with clearly delineated contrapuntal lines." "Jack Body's Three Transcriptions for string quartet were tremendous fun... the third a manic Bulgarian dance, complete with foot stamping, all played with terrific verve and precision."
    [Beethoven's F major Quartet op.18 no.1] "there was firm direction, with passion in the slow movement and a finale full of flair."
    The Strad

    "...phenomenal: explosive, exuberant, passionate, heartfelt and impeccably played."

    "A quartet to match the finest anywhere... it's hard to imagine that anyone hearing these four players would not be instantly captivated by their living, breathing musicianship"
    The Australian, Sydney

    "the New Zealanders' confidence as ensemble players permits a flexible approach; the rhythmic momentum is never destroyed, but bends a little so that the characters of the different motifs can be enhanced."
    Gramophone Magazine

    "impressive...the New Zealanders played Bartok's wartime 2nd String Quartet, staking out a respectable stylistic middle ground that acknowledged the music's astringency but also it's unlikely lyricism."
    New York Times

    “stunning musicianship over the course of three challenging quartets from the Classical era, the Romantic era, and the Twentieth Century."
    Classical Voice North Carolina

    "Detailed and confident readings from the impressive New Zealand String Quartet... their strong sense of internal balance allows them to bring out many telling details that often go unnoticed"
    Gramophone Magazine [pdf]

    "String lovers might be forgiven these days if they think they've died and gone to Quartet Heaven after yesterday's concert by the New Zealand String Quartet.... The concert ended with a superb account of Schubert's finest quartet, the No. 15 in G major. There was scarcely a misstep in the entire performance and the slow movement was profoundly beautiful."
    Ottawa Citizen

    "The quartet had the virtuosity to handle the passionate outbursts in the first and fifth movements and the wit to exploit the playful dance parodies of the second and fourth."
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    "The luscious, velvet sound of this group was apparent from the opening phrases of its first selections..."
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    "Gossamer without being merely glossy, the string quartet's intricate sonic patterns explored the depths of human emotions crisply, tenderly and, always with great subtlety."
    News Journal, Daytona Beach

    "Each New Zealander played with a gorgeous, warm string tone, crystal-clear intonation, precise attacks, and a wide dynamic range. They brought out all the good-natured humor in the piece.... a truly inspired performance..."
    Classical Voice of North Carolina

    "The absolutely perfect ensemble, the outstanding technical skills and the passionate playing ... made the concert an extraordinary experience."
    Rheinische Post, Germany

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