Throughout the piece [Prokofiev quartet no. 1] the Belcea members played with a precision and intensity that were all the more impressive for their seeming effortlessness. Those qualities also animated a lithe, elegant rendition of Haydn’s stormy Quartet in F sharp minor (Op. 50, No. 4). In “Death and the Maiden” the quartet emphasized clarity and poise over raw, nervy power, producing an account of potent concentration, even during a Presto taken at a breathless clip.
Steve Smith, New York Times, 5 March 2009
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