“...The sound is full and full-frontal ... it suits these pertly articulated performances which are always on the qui vive for chances to sing and to dance. This is an unqualified delight.”
Peter Quantrill – Gramophone magazine – March 2013
“... This new Chandos release is a very fine one, sporting superior sound, as is customary for the company’s recordings, and the Schubert Ensembl turns in topflight playing and thoughtfully considered performances that steer clear of rhetorical flourishes and interpretative exaggeration...”
Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – November/December 2012
“...Both works are rich in the folk idiom of the composer’s native Bohemia, and the Schuberts give us a charming encore with a piano quartet arrangement of Songs My Mother Taught Me, the most famous of his seven Gypsy Songs. An enchanting programme.”
Peter Spaull – Liverpool Daily Post – 2 August 2012
"...The significance of this Chandos disc by the Schubert Ensemble of London is that it contains the first recordings of these works by non-Czech players to challenge the Czechs on their own ground. Both performances compare with the best... The most important aspect of these two performances is that they sound so spontaneous, vital with a composer who so often changes tempo. Transitions are seamless and rhythms explode where they should explode, or shade into each other where that is appropriate... "
Tully Potter - ClassicalSource.com - 25 May 2012
"...The significance of this Chandos disc by the Schubert Ensemble of London is that it contains the first recordings of these works by non-Czech players to challenge the Czechs on their own ground. Both performances compare with the best..."
Tully Potter - the Classical Shop - June 2012
Performance ***** Recording *****
“... Playing that shows a strong appreciation of the drama in Dvorák... these excellently-recorded performances lead a well-populated field.”
Jan Smazcny – BBC Music magazine – August 2012
"...For anyone coming to Dvorák’s chamber music for the first time, this pairing makes a useful introduction: it comprises two of his most popular works ... The Quintet is one of the most tuneful pieces he wrote: once you hear it, you don’t forget it. The schubert Ensemble is a competent and reliable guide..." ***
Andrew Clark - The Financial Times - 30 June 2012
"... a fine release."
Piers Burton-Page - International Record Review - June 2012
“...Listen closely ... and a wealth of clever detailing emerges from this quartet and guest violinist Alexandra Wood. The tones chosen are understated, the articulation feathery, dry or dewy. This is Dvorák played not as gifted naïf but as a sophisticated, subtle and assured.” ****
Anna Picard – The Independent on Sunday – 13 May 2012
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