We’re living in a golden age of string quartets...It’s hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York’s Attacca Quartet.
They may be a relatively young ensemble, but already they come very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal...Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.
they played, quite impeccably
exuberant, funky and...more exactingly nuanced.
The Attacca Quartet enthralled a standing-room-only crowd.
the opening work on the recording [shows]...the Attacca Quartet’s superlative technical and artistic execution
They are rollicking, raucous, and highly rhythmic and the perfect demonstration of the quartet’s ability to be precise.
Young New Yorkers, the Attacca Quartet have found the ideal vehicle for channeling some of that city’s unbridled energy in a new album
Few [recent recordings] are as consequential as “Fellow Traveler,” . . . superb performances by the young Attacca Quartet
True to their name, the Attacca foursome jumped into action...[their] relentless drive and precision seemed to dissolve the bar lines.
Most striking is the focused energy and the greater forward momentum even in the slower, more expressive sections....[overall] an enormously satisfying debut album.
All [movements] are played deftly and vigorously by the quartet.
[Attacca] is a finer champion than most, revealing both the richness and sheer quality of the music. Along with uncommon vibrancy, they bring to the table a wild, almost punk aesthetic as fitting as it is rare.
[With] more thoughtfulness....[The Quartet] brings out the internal mysteries of the music, and the swing a little bit more.
...Seeing the Attacca Quartet’s incredible performance of his music. Three cheers to them for capturing the multiplicity of personalities embedded in Adams’ music.
More impressive, however, is the confidence and élan with which the works are performed. The Attacca are remarkable in every aspect of performance here.
The Attacca Quartet does well with both these contrasting emotional worlds [in John Adam’s music], and they are undaunted by the considerable technical challenges in the music.
But they’re also hungrier, their tempos bold and their pizzicato biting, which lets them bring Adams’s rhythms to life like never before.