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Jerusalem Quartet press reviews
The Jerusalem Quartet's latest recording of Haydn Quartets is an absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for. Read More...— Erik Levi, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINERelated Link
Jerusalem Quartet : Thrilling
"Superlatives are inadequate in describing just how fine this playing was from one of the young, yet great quartets of our time."
Read More...— Joanne Talbot, Strad Magazine, May 2009Related Link
Jerusalem Quartet's Haydn recital is a revelation
Suffice to say this was one of the best chamber music concerts I can remember... Read More...— Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
"String Quartets do not come any better than the Jerusalem"
A few bars into Smetana's From my Life Quartet, it was clear this was an event, the likes of which could not be equalled in Wigmore Hall or the Lincoln Centre. String quartets do not come any better than the Jerusalem.
Read More...— William Dart, The New Zealand Herald
This really is exceptional musicianship.
It is a joy to see and hear the Jerusalem Quartet. The chemistry between the players is evident and they clearly glow with the delight of making music together. This really is exceptional musicianship.
Read More...— DIANA CARROLL, The Independent Weekly, Oct 20 2008
"Quartet delivers top performance"
There were moments in Saturday night's concert when the four strings played as one. There was extraordinary precision in the finale of the Haydn 'Bird' quartet where rapid runs were tossed off with seeming ease. There was real and deep understanding of rubato in the Borodin second quartet especially in the beautiful Nocturne, which was a highlight of the concert.
Read More...— Anthony Ritchie, Otago Daily Times
"The Jerusalem is one of the most exciting string quartets to emerge for many years, its members' outstanding technical accomplishment and musical insight belying their youth."
— The Strad, Jun 26 2009
"All of them only in their early 20s, one can only imagine how far they'll go. It was as fine a night of string quartet playing as I've heard in a long time. Normally it takes years and years to develop such a blend of voices and such a spectrum of colours. They have loads of energy and passion and the control, finesse and sophistication to go with it."
— Vancouver Sun, Apr 17 2009
"...what distinguishes this particular quartet is its sense of refinement and natural feeling for line, coupled with a fever-pitch intensity and commitment to the music. Musical electricity may be unfathomable, but one thing is for sure - they have it."
— The Strad, Jun 26 2009
"A quartet that belongs in a higher realm ... this extraordinary foursome arrived at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater in a zone of its own"
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Its most immediately striking quality is the vibrancy, flexibility and homogeneity of its sound: the first violinist's tone in particular is extraordinarily beautiful and intense. The players are technically extremely good, their ensemble is flawless and they can weave a seamless tapestry of lines and voices. Everything they do is carefully planned and worked out to the last detail, but they have succeeded in balancing perfect control with passionate involvement, youthful exuberance, and spontaneous expressiveness - a rare feat that gives their playing a feeling of total security as well as a powerful emotional impact."
"The best-trained string players with Alexander Pavlovsky, who had a particularly colourful sound, correspond with each other with instinctive sureness.It was magical playing, which also caressed the soul and made this a very pleasant evening concert."
— Der Tagespiegel
"What variety of colour the Jerusalem Quartet brought, characterfully underplaying the music; the cellist Kyril Zlotnikov was mesmerising"
— The Independent (UK)
"...ardent and persuasive performance, which is bracketed on this strong disc by the composer's festive Quartet No. 6 in G Major and the spare and acerbic Quartet No. 11 in F Minor. The Jerusalem changes moods deftly, from the light-fingered gamboling of the sixth quartet to the lambent migration of the eighth and dry terseness of the eleventh."
— Steve Winn, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Part of the excellence of this quartet is their ability to think as one"
— Capital Times
"With great lustre and control, these were near-definitive performances ... the Jerusalem Quartet's performances are even more magnificent this time"
— The Australian
"absolute assurance by these young players, their confident attack and nigh-on flawless ensemble playing, impressive throughout its substantial span"
— The Guardian
"The Jerusalem Quartet, one of the world's finest young chamber ensembles ... The group's splendid musical rapport, shining tone and bold phrasing were distinctive"
— Miami Herald
"the Jerusalem Quartet's tensile energy and concentrated intensity made for spirited and often riveting music making"
— South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"for the young Jerusalem Quartet, whose concert in Sayville Saturday night offered proof positive that this foursome might be a breakthrough group The Jerusalem is good - really good."
— Newsday (New York)
"My personal favourite among the four (quartets) for their impeccable blend, and the wonderful tone of the leader, Alexander Pavlovsky, which is best described as a fiery sweetness.Since they formed at the Jerusalem Music Centre in 1993 their career has been a triumphal ascent."
— Daily Telegraph
"Whenever Shostakovich gives these fine players a chance to sing, they touch the heart in this music as very few before"
— The Strad