"Korngold’s String Quartets are of the highest quality ... These quartets spontaneously structured, show Korngold at his most melodically memorable and rewarding. They are played most sympathetically here, and are given top-quality Chandos recording."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12
“...Recorded at Snape Maltings last summer, this rich romantic music strongly pre-empts the screen music to follow, and the performance and sound place it ahead of the competition.”
Peter Spaull – Liverpool Post – 9 February 2012
David Gutman - Gramophone - December 2011
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
"There’s very little competition for this music, which is a shame because these are excellent quartets... These quartets are quite difficult to play, the first especially, which features frequent changes of tempo, often within a few bars. The Doric players handle all of these with astonishing ease and naturalness... Excellent sonics complement this obvious first choice for this music. If you don’t know these pieces, you should. There’s much more to Korngold than you might think--check out the wonderfully spiky scherzo in the Third quartet for a particularly bracing "fact check" on his theoretically unabashedly late-Romantic style. ... An important release for chamber music devotees, and a terrific example of first-rate quartet playing.
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - 29 May 2011
“...The performances and interpretations are the last word in sympathy, precision, and beauty of tone. This release is Exhibit A in defence of the intelligence of a composer too often maligned for writing music that people can actually enjoy.”
Don O’Connor – American Record Guide – March/April 2011
"...The Doric Quartet plays with great refinement and energy ..."
Jonathan Woolf Fanfare - March/April 2011
"...The Dorics have made this music their own."
Greg Keane - Limelight Magazine - 19 January 2011
Pizzicato - March 2011
Repertoire ***** Sound *****
Fono Forum - February 2011
Gramophone - December 2010
“The ‘serious’ side of a film-music composer evokes inter-war Vienna.” “…This is a most deirable issue of music with which the Doric foursome are totally at ease.”
The Gramophone - November 2010
“…The Doric players reveal a rare sensitivity for the music’s emotional ebb and flow.” “…Captured in exemplary sound …these devotedly expert performances set new standards in this relatively neglected but infinitely rewarding area of repertoire.”
The Strad - November 2010
“This is a disc to be treasured”
Fanfare - September/October 2010
The Times - 4 September 2010
‘…The Doric Quartet, in these superb performances (enhanced by the rich, crystal-clear recording), play them as if they were established repertoire works, which they deserve to be.’ ****
The Sunday Times - 3 October 2010
“…The Doric play this music well …”
Liverpool Daily Post - 9 September 2010
The Telegraph - 4 September 2010
Great album. Great playing. Excellent recording quality.
(But why no album art with the download?)