This fine album gathers together three of the most popular Romantic works from the string-quartet repertoire. The young Escher String Quartet made a huge splash with their Mendelssohn quartet cycle and this follow-up maintains the impressive standard—playing of style, finesse, and surprising power done with intensity. They can also make the music sing out, a quality absolutely essential in Borodin's famous and gorgeous “Notturno” and Tchaikovsky’s “Andante cantabile,” movements bursting with great melodies. They also get right under the skin of the Dvořák “American” quartet with rhythmic vitality.
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179 "American"
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179 "American": I. Allegro ma non troppo