At times, the music was close to magical. The entire performance was a model of focus and moderation, and gripping from the first measure to the last. Read More...
— Richard Todd,
The Ottawa Citizen
The performance was vivid and colourful, showing the quartet’s intimacy with the score, their sense of rhythm and their intense musicality, all perfectly measured and integrated in an unforgettable interpretation with great impact. This was deservedly greeted with an electrifying roar of admiration by the audience. Undoubtedly, one of the best performances of Beethoven’s quartet that I have ever heard. Read More...
— Margarida Mota-Bull,
MusicWeb International: SEEN AND HEARD Concert Review
The Tokyo String Quartet stands above its contemporaries as a truly "great chamber ensemble," said Jeff Simon in The Buffalo News. Moreover, unlike many classical acts, it still sells albums and draws avid audiences. Practically from the moment this quartet initially formed, at the Juilliard School in 1969. . . Read More...
— The Week
These players come as a well-honed package. The purity of the ensemble is paramount. Individual showmanship is not in their repertoire. Read More...
— Kenneth Walton,
Tokyo String Quartet, Queen's Hall
The Tokyo quartet's playing has rare beauty of tone. It all sounds gorgeous; every single radiant last note of it...
— Rowena Smith,
The players gave a perfectly persuasive performance, and the final lyrical postlude (of Lera Auerbach's "Primordial Light") was transcendentally beautiful. Read More...
— James Hennerty,
The Times Union
"In the quartet's performance at the 92nd Street Y...it was a passionate, richly toned discussion among intelligent, charismatic equals...This was exemplary chamber music." Read More...
— Vivien Schweitzer,
The New York Times
"It is easy to see why the Tokyo Quartet has built such an excellent reputation. They play with startling vivacity and subtle reserve...their fervor for the music is contagious; the audience can't help but be swept away with them." Read More...
— Chicago Maroon
"The musicians displayed such finesse, such careful shaping of each melodic line as it was passed from one instrument to the next, that it left one almost breathless."
— The Toronto Star
"The ensemble delivers it all, with an elegance and maturity rarely encountered. One of those musical experiences in which everything is right, everything played so perfectly that no other experience could be imagined." Read More...
— The Palm Beach Daily News
"The Tokyo String Quartet boasted not only staggering dynamic control but a complete mastery of the piece's [Dvorak] emotional pacing. Climaxes were unforced but intense, the quartet's clean, burnished tone never seemed thick or overluxurious, ensemble was flawless, and rough edges were not to be heard."
— The Orange County Register
"The Tokyo String Quartet lays down truly glistening interpretations."
"The tone was perfectly balanced, with every phrase exquisitely weighted and structured."
— The Australian
"It was all there: grace, consummate phrasing and that rare ability to produce a sound at once soft and luscious."
— State of the Arts.com (AU)
"Playing of infinite finesse and extraordinary subtlety...." Read More...
— The Sydney Morning Herald