"...Once again, for playing of arresting graphic detail, the Pacifica wins hands-down. This is a Shostakovich cycle for the ages." - Jerry Dubins
"If you’re just beginning to explore this repertoire, this is the place to start - and if you’ve already got this music in your collection, this is an ideal way expand your vision." - Peter J Rabinowitz
"...Anyone who cares about Shostakovich’s string quartets should not miss the Pacifica Quartet’s recordings, now completed with this release." - Raymond S Tuttle
Fanfare - May/June 2014
"... As previously in this series, the recording is unfailingly detailed and immediate ... Certainly the pacifica’s traversal can rank with those by the Sorrel Quartet (Chandos) or Quatuor Danel (Fuga Libera) as the most persuasive by a younger ensemble. If Shostakovich’s cycle has indeed become the dominant one of the twentieth century, then its attributes are manifestly in evidence here."
Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - May 2014
**** Repertoire ***** Sound **** Interpretation
"... A wonderful CD!"
Carsten Dürer - Ensemble magazine (Germany) - April/May 2014
Performance ***** Recording *****
"...The Pacifica Quartet’s performance is stunning: a fitting conclusion to their exemplary Shostakovich cycle."
Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - February 2014
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