The Belcea Quartet performs the Dissonance, the last of those dedicated to the senior colleague (Haydn), with rare intensity. The slow intro burns the air, Ms Belcea’s steely first violin prominent, the ensemble urgent without rushing. They play the Hoffmeister, named after its publisher, with hungry appreciation for the rich texture of its chromatic adagio and a precipitous finale that is as thrilling as it is blemishless. A belter from the Belcea.
Rick Jones, The Times, 11 February 2006
This unconventional pairing shows different facets of Mozart’s quartet-writing: experimental, questing in the C major; relatively conventional in the D major. The Belceas play both with innate feeling for the drama of Mozart’s allegro movements. Even if you know these works well, this outstanding disc is worth adding to your collection.
Sunday Times, 12 February 2006
The Belceas' performances stand out for their balance of playful brilliance against darker emotional undercurrents, and for their breathtaking technical control. Truly exceptional quartet playing, magnificently recorded.
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, February 2006
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