"... This is all music with a fresh atmosphere in a fine recording."
David W Moore - American Record Guide - May/June 2013
"...The performances sound idiomatic, the notes are helpful and the recording is good."
Brian Wilson - Download News - MusicWeb-International.com - December 2012
Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9
"This disc brings together five works by as many highly talented Asian composers ... The first three works, Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch’in, Chinary Ung’s Spiral III, and Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows, come from a similar school of contemporary composition, broadly speaking. You might call it an offshoot of Romantic Nationalism with avant-garde elements, at least to the extent that Asian melodic ideas mingle with imitations of native instruments involving advanced playing techniques. All three works are captivating in their various ways. Takemitsu’s A Way a Lone ... exploits the composer’s familiar mix of Debussy and Messiaen with typically evocative results. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors is the largest piece on the program ... placing it last on the program turns out to be a smart move, as the work exploits many of the same timbral elements previously heard and the music comes across as nicely contrasted and appealing. All five pieces are very well played by the sensitive and virtuosic New Zealand String Quartet, and equally well recorded by Naxos’ engineers. A very enjoyable disc"
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - January 2013
"The New Zealand String Quartet are the performers on the CD Asian Music for String Quartet ... a quite fascinating—and often quite beautiful—example of contemporary musical East meets West. There are single works by China’s Zhou Long and Gao Ping, Cambodia’s Chinary Ung ... Japan’s Toru Takemitsu and Tan Dun…It’s all superbly played by the New Zealand quartet. The recording was made in the acoustically superb St. Anne’s Church in west end Toronto, with the ever-reliable Norbert Kraft as recording engineer."
Terry Robbins - The WholeNote - February 2013
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