Reviews

From Our October 2013 Tour

“A spectacular chamber concert by Musicians from Marlboro, presented by Cal Performances on Saturday at Berkeley’s First Congregational Church, made a gleaming case in point. The program of three front-and-center masterworks — Mozart’s String Quintet, K. 614; Kodály’s Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12; and Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44 — offered clear proof that remarkable things come from mixing established artists with gifted newcomers in the Vermont countryside.” – San Francisco Classical Voice (Online)

From Our October 2012 Tour

“Thursday night’s concert by Musicians from Marlboro at the Freer Gallery opened with a performance of Haydn’s String Quartet in A, Op. 55, No. 1 that was so fresh and full-blooded, so full of earthy vitality and sheer sensual pleasure, that it made you happy to be alive.” -The Washington Post (Online)

“…exactly the type of concert which the classical scene needs more of.” -The Boston Musical Intelligencer (Online)

From Previous Tours

Impeccable ensemble work, unbridled energy and boatloads of virtuosity produced an electrifying performance.” —Washington Post (PDF)

Astoundingly gifted virtuosos…performances that radiate vitality and freshness. Playing of daring, conviction and real insight.” —Washington Post (PDF)

But the unquestionable highlight of the afternoon was an edge-of-the-seat rendition of Mendelssohn’s celebrated Octet. The violinist Scott St. John, who appeared on viola earlier in the program, dispatched the first fiddle part with a lean yet muscular tone and a soloist’s panache. But it was the entire ensemble’s energy and collective virtuosity in the brilliant outer movements that proved irresistible. One little secret about this work is that, in addition to being an audience favorite, it is also ridiculously fun to play. Sunday’s performance served up a generous portion of that joy.” —The Boston Globe  (Online)

…the large crowd was able to sit back and bask in the exceptional music making…the musicians were well matched and played with clear tones that etched the lines with precision and vivacity.” —Daily Gazette, Schenectady (Online)

Violinists Miho Saegusa and Jessica Lee, violist Mark Holloway, and cellist Na-Young Baek gave the most powerful and appropriately insane performance of Janacek’s “Kreutzer Sonata” String Quartet that I’ve ever heard, and these four musicians plus violinists Scott St John and Yonah Zur, violist Maiya Papach, and cellist Susan Babini also gave one of the most fleet but intense accounts in my experience of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet.” — Harvey Sachs, New Music reBlog (Online)