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The Fine Arts Quartet’s albums of Mendelssohn’s String Quintets (8570488) and Glazunov’s chamber music (8570256) were named “Recordings of the Year” by Musicweb International, and their recording of Schumann’s string quartets (8570151) was hailed by the American Record Guide as “one of the very finest chamber music recordings of the year”.
Camille Saint-Saens: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 112
II. Molto allegro quasi presto
III. Molto adagio
IV. Allegro non troppo
Camille Saint-Saens: String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 153
I. Allegro animato
II. Molto adagio - Andantino
III. Interludio e finale: Andantino - Allegretto con moto
1st April 2011
“Deserving more frequent performances than they receive, Saint-Saëns’s two string quartets find persuasive champions in the Fine Arts Quartet...the influences are refracted through Saint-Saëns’s own lyrical and harmonic prism, and each work is as carefully crafted as it is extremely pleasurable to hear.”
1st May 2011
“The Fine Arts Quartet are vibrant and thoughtful.”
“the first movement [of the G major], designed to illustrate 'Youth', is a delightful piece of Haydnry in which the lighter textures are more comfortable for the ear”
“The Fine Arts Quartet are exemplary advocates for Saint-Saëns's two string quartets, with beauty of tone in the slow movement of the first quartet contrasting with some nimble playing in the faster movements.”