They are up against formidable competition but their playing and their understanding of the music equals that of their international rivals.
Gramophone on Vol. 5
…these interpretations have a cumulative intensity that draws one into the composer’s confessional world.
The Daily Telegraph on Vol. 2
The Sorrel… reinforce their claim to be one of the best British quartets of today… Recording quality is superb.
The Sunday Telegraph on Vol. 3
Atonality and tonality fight it out in the tremendous No. 12, played here with immense authority and skill. More genial is the popular Piano Quintet of 1940 in which Martin Roscoe joins the quartet in an invigorating performance.
The Sunday Telegraph
What sets the Sorrel Quartet apart on this recording is their hotline to the heart of the music, to an extent that is remarkable for a non-Russian quartet. The mood-swings between sober tragedy and whimsical irony, the manic dances of death, the haunted s
Classic FM Magazine ‘Record of the Year 1999 – Modern’ on Vol. 1
Martin Roscoe and the Sorrels offer a dynamic and intense performance with Roscoe bringing marvellous shape and colour to the piano part.
BBC Music Magazine
The Sorrel’s traversal of the Shostakovich quartets concludes with the present disc – a fitting end to the most rewarding cycle of recent years. One of its most positive features has been the ensemble’s ability to convey the character of each work, and these very different quartets are no exception…. With a recording up to the standard of previous issues, and a useful note from Eric Roseberry, this disc is no less desirable that its predecessors…
International Record Review