Smetana and Debussy String Quartets
The Medici String Quartet formed in 1971whilst its members were studying at the Royal Academy of Music, they were coached by Sydney Griller. Their reputation firmly established both at home and aboard in considerable breadth of repertoire. They studied a wide range of standard masterpieces while resident quartet at the University of York, but also were had an unrivalled reputation as champions of British Music and gave many important first performances to their credit. They also had a particular affinity with Czech masters, which reflected in their recordings of works by Janacek and Smetana. The Medici Quartet disbanded in 2007 when Paul Robertson the founder and leader of the quartet for over forty years became seriously ill. These reissue from the Quartet’s Nimbus recordings made in the 1980’s join their other releases including the Beethoven Complete String Quartets (NI 1785), and works by Janáček & Fauré (NI5379) and Smetana & Debussy (NI 5389).
“... all the beauties of tone and phrasing of their reading are under-pinned by a fine gravity of utterance and a firm continuity of line." Gramophone on NI1785 Beethoven Sting Quartets
The recording is excellent, detailed and vivid; and if the coupling leads an unsuspecting listener into the rarefied world of late Fauré, so much the better." musicweb-international on NI5379 Janacek & Faure String Quartets
Debussy's youthful quartet, in contrast, is consistently sunny and warm, and features a lively pizzicato scherzo and a gentle lullaby. England's Medici Quartet prefers to help the music unfold rather than rip through it; in every case, the performances are highly sympathetic. passionate.com on NI5389 Smetana & Debussy String Quartets