"Pure, velvety and wonderfully expressive….It is not impossible to believe that this was the sort of sound that Orpheus himself might have been capable of"

'It is always a joy to witness an artist with this kind of life-spark, one who really connects with the music, with her instrument, with listeners. The audience's response to her was thunderous.'

'For me, the Arcadia Quartet is – at least concerning Janáček – the cutting edge currently among European interpreters……Outstanding!'

“… utterly moving, as a result of a truly great modesty which cannot be replaced by simplicity or unpretentiousness; a modesty without any sentimentality. The musicians know, with minute precision, how to guard the boundary between the intimacy of chamber music and the sweeping grandeur of a large-scale concert, only achievable by artists whose capacities and experience are on an equally high level.”

“… Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard… Wallfisch delivers a beautiful adagio and York voices every line with superb clarity and coherence, so crucial in this turbulent work…” ****

”No living cellist has done more to promote the British cello concerto than Raphael Wallfisch…"

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Wallfisch/York Duo

“… Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard… and York voices every line with superb clarity and coherence, so crucial in this turbulent work…” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

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Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.

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Arcadia Quartet

Winners of the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, the 2011 Almere International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009, the Arcadia Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.

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Tasmin Little in Winnipeg, Canada: Interview on Winnipeg Classic 107

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Idaho Bach Festival: Lovely photos of London Handel Players in performance in October 2018

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Gramophone Review: Arcadia Quartet Bartok: “..if I was asked to recommend a Bartók cycle to a first-time listener intimidated by his spiky reputation, I’d send them straight to the Arcadia Quartet. Even for the aficionado, this spacious, big-hearted vision of Bartók as poet, dreamer and humourist has something distinctive and beautiful to say.”

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 12th November 2018

BARTÓK Complete String Quartets (Arcadia Quartet)
  • String Quartet No. 1
  • String Quartet No. 3
  • String Quartet No. 5
  • String Quartet No. 2
  • String Quartet No. 4
  • String Quartet No. 6

Wonderfully, we’ve reached a point where Bartók’s six string quartets are as much a calling card for an emerging quartet as Beethoven or Haydn. In their first recording for Chandos, the Arcadia Quartet show that they know their territory from the inside. As they explain in the booklet, they live and work in Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, at the heart of the intermingled traditions of Romanian, Hungarian and Roma music that shaped Bartók’s emerging musical language.

If that arouses expectations of raw, rustic abandon, put them aside. Cluj-Napoca is surrounded not by the wild mountains of Bram Stoker’s imagination but by softly rolling hills. And behind every interpretation in this civilised, wonderfully atmospheric cycle, there’s a sense of deep assurance that makes any preconceptions about folk fiddles feel slightly embarrassing. Take the long cello and violin solos in the nocturnal central movement of No 4. There’s an eloquent poise to the way Ana and Zsolt Török phrase their lines that relates this music directly to central European classicism, and if you’ve already listened to the first movement of No 1, you’ll have expected no less. The violins unfurl their opening sighs wistfully and inwardly: this is music that’s emerging from an unmistakably Romantic world.

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In fact, these readings are so poetic and spacious that my first reaction to the opening movement of No 2 was ‘streamlined’ – so euphonious is the sound of the ensemble and so long-breathed their approach to Bartók’s slower music. Ensemble chords are ringing and ripe; cello and viola together generate a rich, velvety sonority to which the violins add a gleam that never entirely sharpens to a dazzle – not that it needs to here. Percussive pizzicatos and sul ponticello shivers are relished, but also controlled, and never played purely as effects. Chandos’s warm, slightly misty acoustic sets up a poetic atmosphere without blurring pianissimo detail.

True, you might prefer a more forensic approach to the single-movement Third Quartet or the jackhammer opening motif of the Fifth, but then perhaps you’d lose the doleful, quizzical aspect that the Arcadia Quartet give to the glissandos in No 3’s Ricapitulazione and the mood of tear-stained confession that they manage to imply in the background of even the faster movements of the Sixth Quartet. None of which is to deny that when the Arcadias catch the rhythmic groove of Bartók’s dance movements – the Alla bulgarese scherzo of No 5 has a particularly infectious swing – they can cut loose with positively Haydnesque verve.

There are certainly tauter, more focused Bartók cycles available: by comparison, the Heath Quartet’s recent cycle sounds precision-tooled. But if I was asked to recommend a Bartók cycle to a first-time listener intimidated by his spiky reputation, I’d send them straight to the Arcadia Quartet. Even for the aficionado, this spacious, big-hearted vision of Bartók as poet, dreamer and humourist has something distinctive and beautiful to say.

Richard Brat, Gramophone Magazine, November 2018,

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