"...their [molinari]musicianship is as exclusive and discerning as their tailor. Nevertheless, though at times as physical as any, their vision of Schnittke is more lyrically expressive, emotionally intense but more introverted, altogether less typically ’primeval’ than most others. Sound quality is very good - well-balanced and warm...
Musicweb-International.com - 1 March 2012
Philip Calrk - Gramophone magazine - 1 February 2012
"... then, is smooth, dignified, and painterly Schnittke, in wich the music’s often incipient hysteria is played down. The Canadian engineers do a good job.
Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare Magazine - 1 February 2012
"A Canadian ensemble brings out the songfulness of a modern Russian master’s quartet. The Molinari Quartet (established in 1995) is a pioneering Canadian modern-music group of players who traverse the distinctive sound worlds of Schnittke’s canon with bracing insight. Compared to the bold intensity of the Tale Quartet and the unsettling probing of the Kronos, the Molinari players are more cantabile-based, almost as thought they are singing each score through their instruments. As a result, Schnittke emerges as a more rounded and expressively wide-ranging composer than is often the case. Even the respective second-movement agitatos of the Second and Third Quartets are sublimated into a coherent symphonic overview that is richly compelling. The detailed yet warm ambience of the recording enhances still further Schnittke’s often unremarked lyrical tendency."
Julian Haylock - The Strad - 1 January 2012
René Bricault - La Scena Musicale - 1 December 2011
Performance ***** Sound *****
"...Molinari presents a confidently musical, well-balanced, and captivating performance of four quartets that deserve much more attention and appreciation. A welcome addition to any collection."
Mike D. Brownell - All Music Guide - 1 November 2011
"...I find it very easy to recommend this set to both those who are familiar with the material and those who have not yet encountered the quartets of this exceptional composer."
David Olds - The Whole Note - 1 October 2011
Réjean Beaucage - Voir - 8 September 2011
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