"The compositions on the sonically excellent CD are full of grace, charming, capricious and sensual sound, sometimes dreamy - just listen to the Fantasia and the final variation of the very diversified Trio for flute, viola and harp, with its elaborate motivic links."
"In Volume 3 of its complete recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s Chamber Music for Strings, the Mandelring Quartett once again covers the youthful genius as well as the maturity of the composer, whose early death prevented a musical renewal. Alongside the final piece of the mature Quartet cycle Op. 44 and two posthumously published movements written in 1847, the year of his death, the Mandelring Quartett – sonorously reinforced by the Quartetto di Cremona – presents the Octet, Op. 20: one of the most exhilarating youthful works in musical history.
"“The outstanding Mandelring Quartett, however, play both it and the E minor with the utmost conviction, and their account of Op 80 does justice to that harrowing expression of Mendelssohn's despair at the death of his beloved sister Fanny.”
“Even by the phenomenally high standards they have set themselves, this Mandelring Quartet disc must count as one of their finest achievements on disc to date."
Classic today. com 01/09: "The wealth of ideas is as breathtaking as the always new sound combinations. The piano qintet op 23 is full of surprises and conrasts. 45 exciting minutes...."
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"The Mandelring Quartett, more than any other ensemble I've heard in these three quartets, brings out the music's essential equivocations. That they do so with a luxurious sound and with unanimity of intention is reason enough to welcome this release and its predecessors and to give it a strong vote as the Shostakovich cycle of choice."
(International Record Review)Hier entsteht eine Gesamteinspielung der Werke, die Referenzstatus gewinnen wird.” (Fono Forum)
"In this second volume of Shostakovich's Quartets the Mandelring Quartet makes it abundantly clear that it is building one of the outstanding cycles in today's catalogue"
"The performance of Brahms's third and last quartet, in B-flat, Op. 67, is one of the finest to come along in years … Their performance of the Herzogenberg quartet is filled with the kind of energy and belief that seems to say, "we delight in the discovery of this work." (American Record Guide)
"With this performance I have found, particularly in the first and second movements, new insight and understanding at almost every turn. Like volume 2 of this series, the ensemble of the Mandelring Quartet is astonishing."
"The great A Minor Quartet is beautifully wistful, poetic, and expressive without being fussy, simple yet deeply felt; the finale is leisurely, graceful, and poised."
"The artists plunge into their interpretation, technically perfect in every detail, presenting Schubert as a warm-hearted, emotionally charged and sensitive man, whose bold ideas continually attract our attention.
Especially pleasing in this recording is the extremely sensitive treatment of the agogic, which shows the Mandelring Quartet to really be musicians of world class."
"I was impressed in particular by the Mandelring players’ precise attacks and intimate ensemble work in the Quintet’s opening movement and finale. They demonstrate a genuine affection for these pieces, and a belief in their ability to impress modern listeners."
"... the performances could heardly be bettered: rhythms are bracing, the slow movements are superbly sustained - the players finding more profundity in Onslow than one usually hears - and intonation is excellent."