"The opening minutes of the great G major String Quartet D887 will determine whether this disc is for you or not. The instrumental colours and textures of Schubert’s writing here have seldom been realised with such a magical attention to detail and internal balance, and the result is captivating...having listened to the first movement several times, I started to persuade myself that it was well worth sacrificing some large-scale tension in the interests of the sheer beauty of what the Kuss gives us here....despite these reservations, I know I shall return to this performance:the best of it is well worth it. Alban Berg’s early String Quartet is an admirable coupling, played with an ardour and an attention to detail that combine to produce a very absorbing performance."
International Record Review - June 2011
"The Kuss are remarkable in the opening movement for their yearning almost pleading tones. This is genuine heart-on the sleeve playing:it feels most affecting.Here one senses an impressive accord between the players. Intense concentration is established in the moving Andante... In the (Berg) first movement Langsam, right from the opening bars, the tone of Jana Kuss’s Guadagnini (1766) violin sounds exceptional. Creative and starkly contrasted like an abstract artwork the Kuss paint an impressive canvass in sound. The steely beauty of Berg’s writing becomes a chilling experience with the temperament punctuated by considerable torment...The sound on this ONYX disc is clear and well balanced with an interesting essay in the booklet. I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating and splendidly played release."
MusicWeb International.com - 13 June 2011
"...this Onyx release is noteworthy for a stimulating coupling and for vibrant performances, the Berg especially."
The Classical Source.com
"...The players’ engaging sensitivity, fleet-fingered command and textural sleights of hand grip the imagination; so too, their silvery clarity, particularly well suited to Schubert. In both works one’s preconceptions are constantly challenged by the quartet’s ability to rethink even the most familiar of phrases....a highly impressive coupling, well recorded..."
The Strad - May 2011
"...The playing is sensitive to a high degree with some rapturous turns of phrase..." ***
Norman Lebrecht - La Scena Musicale - 21 March 2011
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