One of the best quartets in the world will come to an end in June 2013—making this release doubly valuable. There is a pure musical value of an extraordinary creative program, and it is an opportunity to experience a concert given by the quartet more than 30 years ago. A certain sense of nostalgia definitely appears when hearing this music.
"A welcome new release of a great ensemble’s early concert appearance."
Tim Homfray - The Strad - December 2013
"... The Tokyo players work together, and the recording does them justice; it’s rich and resonant. There is a little audience sound - mostly in the Beethoven - and there are a few odd resonances in the Bartok; but no applause is included. The interpretations are sometimes daring, but the result is effective."
David W Moore - American Record Gude - November/December 2013
"... This release offers an interesting and satisfying program. I recommend it for its fine performances and as a document of this soon-to-be late lamented ensemble’s early concertizing activity."
Daniel Morrison - Fanfare - September/October 2013