2015-03-27 http://seenandheard-international.com/, London
"Haydn's String Quartet in E flat, Op.33 No.2 proved the perfect vehicle for the Arcadia to display the elegance and grace of their playing. (...) The Trio was full of rustic charm, as the Arcadia perfectly strode the fine line between bucolic authenticity and wry parody. [...]"
Arcadian String Quartet of Romania Review
2015-10-12 http://www.aberdeenchambermusic.org, Aberdeen
"(nn Bartok no. 4) Here dance was the thing, so fast and so furious that the playing of the Arcadia Quartet really took fire. It was incandescent."
2015-10-13 Alnwick Music Society, Alnwick
"Needless to say, the Arcadia Quartet are a superb ensemble, with corporate precision coupled with great expressiveness (...)"
2015-10-14 http://kirkcaldymusicsociety.org, Kirkcaldy
"(...) They certainly lived up to their reputation, as the audience was left breathless by their playing. [...]"
2015-11-27 Nichloas Yonge Society, Lewes
"Its mastery of tone as well as technique was soon stablished in the opening number, Haydn's string quartet in b flat, opus 1 no 1, (...) it was played with rare sensitivity by the quartet, with never a jarring fortissimo to spoil the mood.(...)What was never in doubt was the quartet's commitment to the music and the brilliance of all four players faced by such a demanding score. (nn Bartok no. 4) [...]"
2015-05-06 http://www.tmc.org.uk/, Tonbridge
"[...] this outstanding quartet makes the most wonderful sound and is at the cutting edge amongst current European interpreters. [...]"
Great musical moments High standard chamber music experiences at the Clara Haskil Festival
2014-09-12 Algemeine Deutsche Zeitung, Sibiu
"(...) Humbleness to each other, to the public and not least to the performed works distinguished the approach of the quartet members, who did not transform their performance into a narcissistic self-display, but let the music emerge, just like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau used to say: The outstanding artist is the one who disappears behind the masterwork.(...)"
Acrobatics and acumen
2014-08-01 The Strad,
"Uncompromising repertoire and a gruelling schedule challenged both competitors and jury at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, writes Pauline Harding
(…) it was Arcadia that impressed the judjes and audience the most, with a musical, technically accomplished Beethoven op.131 that was met at its end by rapturous cheering and applause."
Merveilleux Mendelssohn et Schubert, par le QUATUOR ARCADIA
2014-08-25 http://rreverb.com/, Montréal
"(…) d'un lyrisme à faire frémir. Le jeu nuancé des instrumentistes rend justice à cette grande œuvre. Le mouvement lent, Adagio, est le centre de gravité de l'œuvre : 15 minutes d'émotions fortes qui nous semblent suspendues dans le temps."
McGill: bouleversant Schubert
2014-08-24 La Presse, Montréal
"(...) Ce mouvement lent (Adagio - Schubert Quintet) nous transportait dans un tout autre monde, très loin de celui, complètement déchiré, où nous vivons hélas!..."
Osaka Competition Pulls International Chamber Groups
2014-06-26 Classical Voice North America,
"Arcadia (…) impressed from the opening notes of Haydn's Op. 50, No. 3, with its polish and elegance. (…) First Prize went to Arcadia, (…) on the strength of its coruscating account of Beethoven's Op. 131."
2014-05-01 Fono Forum Magazine,
"The Romanian ensemble lives through the emotional eruptions in Janácek's music with heart and soul (…) Sensual ecstasis, romantic rave and existential fear collide unreservedly; every accent is a stich into the heart…"
2013-12-01 BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013,
"Not only do both Quartets set formidable technical challenges, they require astonishing emotional commitment and dramatic timing...the Romanian Arcadia Quartet certainly have the measure of the dramatic aspects of these remarkable works."
2013-11-13 The Listenier,
"Whoever is looking for a new reference recording should consider this one. (...) For me, the Arcadia Quartet is – at least concerning Janáček – the cutting edge currently among European interpreters……Outstanding!"
Young Romanians record Janáček's two quartets
2013-11-01 Gramophone Magazine,
"They are not afraid to take matters to the extremes which Janáček invites [...] ... a bold but thoughtful performance of the two remarkable works. They are strenuous performances...The recording is vivid and immediate."
2013-09-29 The Sunday Times,
"Each fresh hearing of Janacek's quartets is a shock - as if his researches into what he called "the melody of speech" resulted in a totally new kind of music...Both works are played with searing intensity by the fine young Romanian quartet."