Reviews

Musica Viva

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

by Peter McCallum

City Recital Hall

The St Lawrence String Quartet didn't so much begin this concert but fall into it, as though the frenetic extremis at the start of Osvaldo Golijov's Yiddishbbuk was a state of anguished disorder which had always been there waiting to enslave our attention.

And in a sense it has, in that this wild enactment of the extremes of Jewish culture begins by commemorating three child poets interned by the Nazis at Terezin. Yet while the mood is always obsessively intense, the expressive scope of the three movements is riveting, achieving in a short time an epic quality through the range and originality of its ideas and textures.

Superb CD captures Shostakovich's emotional range

Source: The Edmonton Journal

by Bill Rankin

CD: Shostakovich String Quartets No. 3, 7 & 8

Artists: St. Lawrence String Quartet

Label: EMI Classics

Rating 5 (out of five)

Warhorses and Wolf Songs (excerpt)

Source: The New York Sun

by Jay Nordlinger

This being a Shostakovich year - the composer was born in 1906 - we have had many Shostakovich recordings, including of the string quartets. For example, the Quatuor Danel has recorded all 15 of them, for the Fuga Libera label. The Brodsky Quartet has done the same, for Teldec.

From the St. Lawrence String Quartet, we have three of the quartets, on EMI Classics.These are the grand and cataclysmic No. 3, composed in 1946; No. 7, written in 1960; and No. 8, the famous "Dresden," also written in 1960.

Staying in: CD OF THE WEEK Bringing Shostakovich in from the cold

Source: The Globe and Mail

by Elissa Poole

CLASSICAL
Dmitri Shostakovich: String
Quartets 3, 7 & 8
The St. Lawrence String Quartet Print Edition
EMI

We can thank the St. Lawrence String Quartet for celebrating Shostakovich's 100th birthday this year: If any interpretation brings the 20th-century Russian composer's strings quartets into the 21st century, it's this one. Reasons for saying this go beyond the fact that the SLSQ is a first-class quartet with more-than-average energy and attitude. We expect excitement and nuance from them and we get it, but as a long-time devotee of Shostakovich's string quartets, what struck me here was how modern these three particular pieces seemed.

String Quartet, clarinetist honor Argentinian

Source: The Plain Dealer

by Donald Rosenberg

The haunting and fervent music of Osvaldo Golijov, an Argentine-born composer who lives in the Boston area, is finally making its way to Northeast Ohio.

Last fall, soprano Dawn Upshaw performed Golijov's song cycle, "Ayre," on the Cleveland Museum of Art's Viva! & Gala Around Town series. In October, the Cleveland Orchestra will salute the composer for the first time by performing his "Last Round."

St. Lawrence String Quartet trip

Source: Community MusicWorks

by Jesse Holstein

CMW resident musician Jesse Holstein describes an unconventional and thought-provoking Phase II concert trip to hear the St. Lawrence String Quartet:

St. Lawrence quartet turns page on a high note

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

by Richard Todd

Wednesday evening the St. Lawrence String Quartet was at Dominion- Chalmers Church under the auspices of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society. It was a poignant occasion in that second violinist Barry Shiffman is leaving the ensemble to take up the position of director of music programs at the Banff Centre. This was his last appearance in Ottawa as a member of the quartet. (Scott St. John will succeed him.)

Vigor, precision from string quartet

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

by John Pitcher

It's a good thing the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet are all a bunch of FOYs.

That's Friends of the Yings. The St. Lawrence players were in town Sunday afternoon for a recital at Kilbourn Hall, and only a group that's closely associated with the Eastman School of Music's wildly popular quartet-in-residence (St. Lawrence and the Yings go way back and have recorded together) could have filled 90 percent of the hall's seats. Otherwise, it was just too beautiful a day to stay indoors.

Theatrical string quartet enthralls

Source: The Boston Globe

by Richard Dyer

With Menahem Pressler, piano
Presented by Bank of America Celebrity Series
At: Jordan Hall, Saturday night

The St. Lawrence String Quartet was founded in Canada 16 years ago at about the same time Boston's Borromeo String Quartet was coalescing at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The two quartets are now at the top of the heap in their generation and afford a study in contrasts that they have maintained despite shifts of personnel (this was one of the last appearances of second violinist Barry Shiffman with the St. Lawrence; Scott St. John will be succeeding him).

Classical Music (excerpt)

March 13, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

by Tom Huizenga

It has been said that we're living in a golden age of string-quartet performance. And with such groups as the Kronos, Emerson, Takacs and Pacifica quartets, it's hard to argue otherwise.

To that list add the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The Stanford University-based group played Mozart, Beethoven and Shostakovich brilliantly on Friday at Wolf Trap.