"...his [Ehnes] recorded legacy so far testifies to a remarkable, penetrating and communicative talent. That talent is certainly manifest again here in Khachaturian’s Concerto. The playing is lisson, spicy and lyrically luminous, completmented by the melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s lithe rhythms and seductive colouring under Mark Wigglesworth..."
Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone magazine - July 2014
Massimo Viazzo - Musica magazine (Italy) - June 2014
"... The Khachaturian ... is a blast, its raucous optimism totally out of step with its time. James Ehnes’s total lack of inhibition is just what the work deserves, and this full-blooded performance is glorious... Ehnes’s own string quartet provide the couplings. Shostakovich’s String Quartet no 7 is an underrated, poignant gem ... The Eighth Quartet is more familiar - the opening paragraph given a welcome touch of warmth and humanity, the faster, sections dispatched with steely, reckless abandon. Fabulous, deep-toned cello playing from Robert deMaine adds to the impact of an earthy, profound performance."
Graham Rickson - The Arts Desk.com - 7 June 2014
"... More Shostakovich from this talented quartet would be welcome,"
Mark Pullinger - International Record Review - June 2014
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