Recensies


S.Tanejew String Quintets: " Man muss es stemmen – und dabei doch aussehen lassen, als flatterten Schmetterlinge durch den Raum. Dem Utrecht String Quartet gelingt es mühelos. Da zeigt sich die Güte eines reifen, doch innerlich jung gebliebenen Klein-Kollektivs. 12/2015

J.Verhulst String Quartets: ".....the Utrecht Quartet plays at the highest level of technical mastery and musical excellence. Based on their assured, impeccable performances here, I’d expect their Beethoven, Schumann, or anything else from the standard literature to be played on the level of the best of the world’s quartets. " 1/2015

Tchaikovsky String Quartets Vol.2....das alles wird unter den Bögen des Utrecht String Quartet sensibel und faszinierend lebendig. Eine wunderbare Einspielung. 1/2014

Forbes.com: Best Classical Recordings 2014:
"...the Utrecht String Quartet delivers lively Allegros, wistful Adagios, cogent Scherzos, in delicate, elegant and simply very, very good performances."
(J.Verhulst String Quartets, MDG)12/2014

This disc is a fine representation of these Tchaikovsky lesser-known works. The transcription of the Children’s Album sounds natural as if the original music had been written for a string quartet. All in all, a fine performance and a fine recording.

Mel Martin, Audiophile Audition

10/2013

What a wondrous world the Utrecht evoked in commune with Sibelius. The playing was ultra-flexible and articulate, and everywhere alert to atmosphere and feeling. As the finale came to its rousing close, the Rocky River audience was quick to acknowledge their visitors' exceptional artistry.

1/2013

I don't remember a better-sounding string quartet recording....you'll admire its fullness and resonance, and sharp focus that helps retain a sense of intimacy.
A large part of this success is due to the players; their rich tone and blended sonorities make the most of Tchaikovsky...
A top-class modern recording.

4/2012

Utrecht String Quartet at the Frick Collection

This concert was worth waiting for.Their performances on Sunday, especially an engrossing account of Sibelius’s deeply personal and visionary Quartet in D minor, “Voces Intimae” (“Intimate Voices”), stood out for the vitality, immediacy and character of the music making.
In a richly colored and intensely dramatic performance, the Utrecht players conveyed the captivating strangeness of this brooding, mercurial 30-minute work.
1/2013
 
 

About Tschaikovsky CD:

The soulful and perfectly shaded opening…followed by impetuosity in the big and thrusting central theme, are indicative of the wide –ranging mood changes and intensity of the USQ performance as a whole. …the long-established Utrecht players are in every way outstanding and enjoy superb sound quality.

4/2011

 

 

Les musiciens donnent un air spontane, expressif et empreint de tendresse a ces pages
lyriques oü l'anxiété ne devient jamais agressive. La texture est souvent compacte, maïs les mu siciens savent la rendre souple et chaleureuse.
3/2008

Op het mooie Duitse label Dabringhaus und Grimm heeft het Utrecht String Quartet zijn drie strijkkwartetten vastgelegd, waarvan vooral het derde, van een bijzondere kwaliteit is. Het Utrecht String Quartet speelt de stukken alsof het kernrepertoire is.

10/2005

Deze CD behoort tot de beste prestaties die het zo ondernemende ensemble tot dusver heeft geleverd.

5/2004

die Tugende des USQ
das behutsame, druckarme und transparente Spiel.

9/2010

Das Utrecht String Quartet spielt mit tragischer Größe. Ein klingender Zeitzeugenbericht.

2/2005

Es ist eine besondere Mischung aus Leichtfüßigkeit und Strenge, aber auch aus beseelter Wärme gepaart mit konturscharfer Transparenz, die das Tschaikowsky-Spiel des Utrecht String Quartet so faszinierend macht 

Bayrischer Rundfunk Klassik
11/2007