The Daedalus Quartet
Music of Sibelius, Stravinsky and Ravel
Best of Year - Primetime (Chicago)
This CD marks the debut recording of a remarkable young chamber ensemble- the Daedalus Quartet. Grand Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Daedalus was recently named by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the resident string quartet for Chamber Music Society Two for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. The Toronto Star wrote about the quartet’s “combination of stylistic awareness, technical polish and sheer musicality. In the hands of such musicians, the future of chamber music looks sunshine bright.” Honored at the Library of Congress with giving the opening concert of the season, The Washington Post reported “such security, technical finish interpretive unity and sheer gusto, it sounded as if these young string players had somehow been performing these works together for a good 50 or 60 years....the Daedalus members were so at-one with their composers, we were happily caught off-guard by every emotional surprise they sprang.” On this recording the Daedalus performs masterworks by three of the early twentieth century’s greatest composers- Sibelius, Stravinsky and Ravel.
“The group brings a hearty homogeneity of tone to the five-movement 1908 Intimate Voices Quaret of Jean Sibelius, the composer’s moody, introspective self-portrait after a bout with what might have easily become throat cancer. A labor of love all around.” - Audiophile Audition“Bridge’s typically excellent sonics set the seal on a program that showcases both artists and repertoire to fine effect. Congratulations to all, especially for finding an apt way to present Ravel’s quartet without the obligatory pairing of the Debussy. Very smart indeed.” - ClassicsToday.com
“A release as fully satisfying as some of the best quartet recordings ever made. Bridge’s sound is lush, rich, and detailed.” - AllMusic (James Leonard)