"...These works are worth discovering!..."
Vroon - American Record Guide - November/December 2011
"This is an extremely fine First Piano Quartet: lean, impassioned, and technically expert ... This performance is a joy to hear."
Arthur Lintgen - Fanfare - November/December 2011
“...The members of the Schubert Ensemble have clearly lived with this music for a long time, and love it as performers must if they are to do such works justice. Subtlety, restraint, beauty of tone, perfect unanimity within the ebb and flow of the inbuilt rubato – they have it all, plus the ability to produce the sudden blazes of dioysiac energy required in both quartets’ finales. The crystalline limpidity of William Howard’s pianism impresses throughout. This disc is a mandatory purchase for admirers of this extraordinary composer...”
Callum MacDonald – Tempo – October 2011
Repertoire **** Sound **** Interpretation ****
Ernst Hoffmann – Ensemble magazine (Germany) – October/November 2011
“...This very welcome release from Chandos of his two piano quartets, while not their first recordings, finds the members of the Schubert Endemble to be entirely sympathetic to Enescu’s musical world and to be very persuasive advocates of it – both for seasoned Ensembles and interested newcomers... exemplary in its enlightenment and observation – can only help further the fully deserved cause of Enescu’s music.”
Colin Anderson – ClassicalSource.com – 1 June 2011
Performance ***** Recording ****
“...These works are magnificently performed here. An important release.”
Calum MacDonald – BBC Music magazine – August 2011
“...The Schubert Ensemble can be applauded to the skies for bringing Enescu’s ridiculously neglected chamber music to the fore. Their playing is dedicated and enthusiastic, with William Howard’s deft pianism and strong rhythmic sense anchoring the flights of fantasy with which the strings surround him... Excellent playing in a valuable disc that should help bring Enescu a step further towards the attention he deserves...” ****
Jessica Duchen - Classic FM Music Magazine – August 2011
"As the booklet insists Enescu is a past master insufficiaently acknowledged, but the Schubert Ensemble have been doing much to rectify the situation. They have performed these big-boned quartets and his Piano Quintet at Wigmore Hall and elsewhere, and this recording is further sumptuous advocacy ..."
Paul Driver - Sunday Times - 5 June 2011