On the evidence of this performance, the Belcea is one of the top quartets before the public today. The Belcea quartet has forged a sleek, impressively integrated style. The intensity of the inner voices in the Haydn Op. 50, No. 4, quartet, and the lapidary polish of every musical detail throughout, made for an arresting opening. The Prokofiev Quartet No. 1 featured amazing virtuosity and precision. In particular, the Belcea's complex shadings of Schubert's softer dynamics were revelatory [Death and the Maiden]. This concert was one of the season's highlights.
Robert Battey, Washington Post, 7 March 2009
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