This is an outstanding disc. It’s also an important release, particularly in bringing us Gurney’s quartet. The performances are consistently superb’ Music Web International June 2020
‘this brilliant performance by Williams, Dussek and the Bridge Quartet, make this disc an absolute must-have, not just for Gurney aficionados but for all lovers of English song, indeed all song.’ Opera Today June 2020
Re the Gurney Quartet in D minor: 'It is a really lovely, interesting work which here receives a fitting world premiere performance by the Bridge Quartet. Their performance is very atmospheric, and this disc is noteworthy and recommendable purely on the basis of this Quartet alone' MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL aug 2020
Re Western Playland: 'this latest recording by Roderick Williams, pianist Michael Dussek and the Bridge Quartet is persuasive enough not to need exclusivity' GRAMOPHONE SEP 2020
CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE Sep/Oct 2020
One could hardly ask for two more thoughtful and experienced quartets than the Takacs and Bridge for this chamber music and their depth of understanding pays off in all directions”
……….“Roderick Williams seems to be trying to find a balance between drama and wistfulness, a balance that is rightly elusive. Beautifully supported by Michael Dussek and the Bridge, this is a wonderful recording” Simon Mundy
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE October 2020
“The premiere recording of Gurney’s String Quartet in D minor is an exciting inclusion but it’s the composer’s song cycle with Roderick Williams that is the real gem” Freya Parr
'...Butterworth's Suite for String Quartet is the real thing. The Bridge Quartet's unaffected playing and oaky, wide-grained tone fits it beautifully' GRAMOPHONE 2017
'an overall programme that skilfully interweaves its vocal and instrumental items to give a thoughtful and revealing portrait of the two main composers featured herein. It is recommended …. not least as the contribution of Charles Daniels (best known for his interpretation and editions of Baroque music) is so attuned to the songs in question. Michael Dussek is as ever an attentive accompanist, and the Bridge Quartet continues its persuasive exploration of English music' ARCANAFM 2017
Review at www.musicweb-international.com
'The performances are superb, the recording vivid and beautifully balanced. The presentation is ideal and if in any way you like English music then this disc is a must. Even if you don't this disc is a must. In fact you have little choice: buy it, please.'
"...The first disc devoted to his music features five chamber works written over a 13-year span, the earliest being a String Trio 1996 whose modest length and undemonstrative idiom, that of the classical chamber tradition from Haydn to Bartók do not belie Twigg's mastery of this exacting medium or his questing approach to formal continuity across and between movements...Phantasy Variations on a Theme of Haydn 2009 is a resourceful take on this quintessentially English form, putting its indelible theme through a logical and satisfying process of developing variation. Performances, recording and Twigg's booklet notes are all exemplary, making for a worthwhile addition to Toccata Classics' enterprising catalogue."
Gramophone August 2017
"I've found this CD album very rewarding, enabling me to explore some uncharted by-ways. The music is both accessible and deftly crafted, and the recording boasts warm, radiant sound. The composer has provided his own annotations, which not only offer a background portrait of himself, but also a detailed description of the music on offer. I have nothing but praise for this delightful release."
Music Web International June 2017
"The Bridge Quartet traces the often delicate, filigree, intertwining figures with sensitivity and aplomb - [they are] totally dedicated to this music, interpret with impressive insight and conviction". BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 1998 *****
"the eponymous quartet plays both works with outstanding expertise and obvious devotion to the music” SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 1997
"an outstanding recital of Bridge chamber works ….., the music comes surging off the page. Ripely expressive, yet always sensitive to Bridge's textural inventiveness, this fine ensemble sounds utterly transported by these rarefied sounds." STRAD 2009
"The finest account yet of the Rhapsody Trio….rarefied and plangent by turns, the present performance can be expected to serve as the benchmark for some time to come" …… INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW 2009
“a landmark recording, with gripping ensemble of two Bridge pieces that, given his influence on Britten and his deservedly growing reputation, may be seen as pivotal…a highly recommendable disc” STRAD 2005
"Suave Gallic chamber music beautifully played" BBC Music Magazine 2014
"This CD brought me over an hour's worth of unalloyed listening pleasure….The Bridge Quartet and its individual members, plus Michael Dussek, piano, Bryn Lewis, harp, Richard Alsop, double bass, and Somm's excellent recording, make this a must-have release" FANFARE 2014
"Seventy minutes of intimate undeservedly neglected British music by the excellent Alwyn ... the 1948 Winter Poems superbly conjure atmosphere ... very worthwhile"
The Times 29 June 2007
The Bridge Quartet's players - joined by violist Robert Gibbs in the Quintet - are, as can always be counted on, exemplary in technical address and masters of musicality. They are also serious artists dedicated to promoting the works of their native English composers FANFARE 2014
"This is music that above all needs to be 'sung', to be exulted in - and this is where the Bridge Quartet really comes into its own. The group affectionately cocoons this music, enabling its lyrical impulse to emerge with as about as much warmth as it can take" STRAD CHAMBER MUSIC CD of MONTH in MAY 2001