Tchaikovsky’s First String Quartet, with its famous Andante cantabile, and his Album for the Young feature on the second recording for ONYX by the acclaimed Kuss Quartet. A composite set of variations on a Russian folk song with a variation each by Glazunov, Scriabin, Rimsky-Korsakov and several lesser-known composers forms the intriguing opening work, framing Stravinsky’s Concertino and Schnittke’s Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky. A splendid and unusual programme of Russian miniatures for string quartet.
Performance (Stravinsky) *** (The Rest) **** Sound ****
Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine - December 2012
"Spot the 52 seconds of Skryabin. His contribution to a collaborative 1898 set of variations on a Russian tune is atypical of his style, but the whole piece, with Rimsky-Korsakov among the 10 composers, makes a fascinating overture to this recital. The Russian theme is continued through Stravinsky’s spiky Concertino and Schnittke’s Canon, with deft arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s Album for Children and a performance of his First String Quartet that encapsulates all the panache of the Kuss’s playing." *****
Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph - 17 March 2012