If there is a finer recording of Brahms’s C minor String Quartet than that of the Belcea, I haven’t found it yet. The playing is as strong and intelligent as you’d expect from the Belceas.
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, April 2004


Their spontaneity may sometimes be a clever illusion: in the quartet’s third movement the triplet passages where violin and viola play in octaves are performed with a very natural-sounding rubato that yet stays in impeccable ensemble. The following finale creates a sense of passionate abandon, but with all the rhythmic complexities expertly negotiated. A further notable success for the Belcea Quartet, then, and a disc every Brahms lover should hear.
Duncan Druce, Gramophone, April 2004


Few quartets have captured so tenderly the twilit melancholy of the Romanze or the intermezzo’s mingled yearning and edgy playfulness. This is another superb performance: lyrical, richly coloured and balancing classical refinement with romantic impulsiveness. A memorable disc from one of the most gifted ensembles of the younger generation.
Richard Wigmore, The Telegraph, 7 February 2004


Though they are based in Britain, a mid-European warm-bloodedness surges through these four players’ musical veins: the Romanze is sweet-toned, songful but never sentimentalised. Glorious.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 25 January 2004

 

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