New Orford String Quartet: Music of Brahms
WINNER: 2017 Juno Award - 'Best Classical Album'
In 2011 the New Orford String Quartet released its debut album of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records to international acclaim. Hailed as one of the top CDs of 2011 by La Presse and CBC In Concert and nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, critics have described the recording as a “performance of true greatness and compelling intensity” (Audio Video Club of Atlanta); “flawless...a match made in heaven!” (Classical Music Sentinel), and “nothing short of electrifying...listen and weep.” (The Toronto Star).
The New Orford's recording of Brahms's great op. 51 quartets is no less ravishing than their Schubert/Beethoven, and charts the steady development of the ensemble into one of the leading quartets of our era. This is playing of remarkable depth and insight, casting new light on two of Brahms's greatest masterpieces.
“This is music making on a higher level. A flawless interpretation. Enough said!” - Classical Music Sentinel
“This is Brahms with tenderness and romantic yearning...lovely and highly recommended...” - American Record Guide
“The New Orford Quartet approach these chamber monuments with justifiable reverence while providing ample space for them to sing, brood and dance.” - Gramophone
“These are excellent performances which I admired greatly. The playing is razor-sharp where required but at times when the tension dissipates there’s ample finesse too. The recording is clear and crisp.” - MusicWeb International
String Quartet in C minor, op. 51, no. 1
String Quartet in A minor, op. 51, no. 2
New Orford String Quartet (Nouveau Quatuor à cordes Orford)
Jonathan Crow, violin; Andrew Wan, violin; Eric Nowlin, viola; Brian Manker, cello