“All three works get powerfully immediate readings from the Doric Quartet, continuing its varied schedule for Chandos, with Allison Bell fearless in the Second Quartet's histrionic writing. Excellent sound, decent annotations and a valuable addition to the Dean discography.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Described by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006, the Quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
This new recording by the Doric String Quartet pays homage to the Czech chamber music of the 1920s, featuring string quartets by Janáček and Martinů.
“Allison Bell's genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet's expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2015