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Jennifer Higdon Early Chamber Works
Performed by Serafin String Quartet
Naxos Release July 2013
"The Serafin apply a silken finesse and gritty vibrancy to their duties and members of the ensemble take part in several other works with first-rate colleagues - pianist Charles Abramovic and bassoonist Eric Stomberg - to telling effect."
-Donald Rosenberg, Grammophone October 2013
"The performances of the Serafin String Quartet are superb..."
"...this CD achieves the 'must-have' status that I accord to relatively few CDs that I review. Do be sure to acquire this one."
-David DeBoer Canfield, Fanfare Magazine 2013
"The Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet makes an impressive CLOFO debut here. Their spot-on intonation, attention to rhythmic detail, superb sense of phrasing, and rich ensemble sound result in technically accomplished glowing accounts of [Sky Quartet and Amazing Grace]."
-Bob McQuiston, Classical Lost and Found (CLOFO.com), August 25, 2013
"...an outstanding release and one worth adding to your Higdon collection."
-Lynn Rene Bayley, Fanfare Magazine 2013
"...a set of exceptional performances filled with moments of crude primitivism and delicate lyricism."
-Jorge Variego, Fanfare Magazine 2013
"The performances match the scores for dedicated singleness of purpose."
-Classical Modern Music, August 6, 2013
Serafin String Quartet debut disc
Centaur CD, 2010
"...effortlessly delightful in Gershwin's Lullaby [which is] played with style and sophistication. The sound is full and clear."
-Tim Homfray, Strad Magazine
"[Serafin's Centaur CD is]...an irresistible musical experience. ...[they] savor hauntingly beautiful melodies and infectious rhythms. In the Lento, the accents ...are beautifully sounded and the slow diminuendo at the end is a marvel to hear. [Barber's Quartet] gets an eloquent performance, one that may inspire other quartets to program it more often. George Gershwin's [Lullaby] makes for the perfect close."
"...lovely textures ... infectious lilt. ...a strong penchant for clarity...a lovely, shimmering sound in the Lento. The last movement is so light and airy ...it sounds elegant as much as it does celebratory."
"...an excellent introduction to the Serafin Quartet's work, and a disc well worth hearing."
-Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine 2013
"a fine, distinctive, and thoroughly competitive performance ...an unusual degree of transparency and excellent balances ...each instrument registers distinctly [and is] ...technically secure [with]...firmness of rhythm, integration of tempo, and clear articulation..."
"Free of idiosyncrasy but not of nuance, their interpretation [of Dvorak 'American Quartet'] is ...skillfully handled [with] ...a tasteful simplicity and restraint."
"Measured against better-known rivals, in this case the Emerson and Endellion quartets (DG and EMI respectively), the Serafin players once again turn in a persuasive performance [of Barber Quartet]."
"...fine ensemble with its own distinctive character. I recommend it and hope that the quartet will have the opportunity to make many more."
-Daniel Morrison, Fanfare Magazine 2013
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