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What they say about us

2012

« The concert on Friday found the Molinari in great shape, not only technically but also, and above all, in terms of concentration, thoughts and collective expression. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, March 3 2012 -

« Everything would be to quote from this performance. (...) He outdid himself at the very end, with a demented strength through the long Allegro which crowns the ninth Quartet. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, March 3 2012 -

« The obvious point of reference here is the Kronos Quartet's cycle of Schnittke string quartets, released as a complete edition in 1998. But after hearing Quatuor Molinari play the same pieces I don't think I'll be going back. In fact, if anyone wants it... »

Philip Clark, The Gramophone (United Kingdom), February 2012 -

« The physical violence of the Molinaris' attack sorts the men from the boys. »

Philip Clark, The Gramophone (United Kingdom), February 2012 -

« And they also deliver the most persuasive account I've heard of Schnittke's problematic First Quartet. »

Philip Clark, The Gramophone (United Kingdom), February 2012 -

« The thoroughness of the musicians has raised many exclamations and was the subject of lively acclamations. No doubt this concert will be part of the musical highlights of the season and to report here the outline arouses in me a great pleasure!. »

Paul Bazin, Le blogue de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, January 30 2012 -

« Pzzicato and Glissandi effects were superb - thanks in part, of course, to an expert response by the Molinaris. »

Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, January 28 2012 -

« Led as always by Olga Ranzenhofer on first violin, the players showed great dedication and, in the less-good pieces, determination. »

Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, January 28 2012 -

« The Molinari Quartet (established in 1997) is a pioneering Canadian modern-music group of players who traverse the distinctive sound worlds of Schnittke's canon with bracing insight. »

Julian Haylock, The Strand (United Kingdom), January 2012 -

« … the Molinari players are cantabile-based, almost as though they are signing each score through their instruments. »

Julian Haylock, The Strand (United Kingdom), January 2012 -

2011

« On this ATMA Classique disc, the Quatuor Molinari brings an uncommonly rich, inviting sound quality to these four [Schnittke] quartets. »

Mike D. Brownell, All Music Guide (United States), December 1 2011 -

«The fusion of instrumental colors is so successful that it sounds like a work of a solo instrumentalist. »

René Bricault, La Scena Musicale, November 1 2011 -

2010

« During all the evening, the Molinaris displayed a limpid constant aesthetic. »

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, November 29 2010 -

« During the 3 hour marathon, there was not a second where the tension and concentration of the musicians flawed, and the audience was in perfect accord with them during the very high level of achievement and performance they delivered. This Schnittke marathon demands courage and endurance. »

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, March 22 2010 -

« The perfect accord with pianist Louise Bessette gave us memorable moments, especially in the climax of the Andante. »

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, March 22 2010 -

« The Molinari’s showed admirable firmness, assurance and very high standard throughout. »

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, March 22 2010 -

« We are astonished by the detailed and in depth work of the Molinari, who is always faithful to all of Schnittke’s annotations in the score. And there are many ! »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, March 22 2010 -

« Schnittke’s complete quartet cycle presented at the Conservatoire by the Molinari Quartet is a true tour de force and already a serious candidate for the Opus prizes « Concert of the Year » and « Event of the Year ». »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, March 22, 2010 -

« Of all the new-music squads in town -- and there are a few -- the one I should like least to do without is the Quatuor Molinari. These players are simultaneously our least doctrinaire and most passionate advocates of all that is contemporary. »

Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, March 24 2010

2008

« All was rendered by the four musicians' remarkable poise. »

John Terauds, The Toronto Star, July 30 2008 -

« The Molinari performs this classic from the 20th century with finesse and warmth equal to the boldness of their play in the more daring contemporary repertoire. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, May 20 2008 -

« The Molinari draws out the maximum from the obsessive repetitions ... and its control of dynamics is abolute. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, February 10 2008 -

2007

« Stunning rythmical synchronization in the new piece by Silvio Palmieri. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, November 25 2007 -

2006

« The Molinaris projected lyricism, clarity and breadth of tone. »

Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, March 1, 2006 -

2005

« The Shostakovich was brilliant : quasi orchestral sound, thrilling discourse. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, November 8 2005 -

2004

« The passion and virtuosity melded together into one, and I was thrilled with the CD. »

John Corigliano June 29 2004 -

« Molinari Quartet's gorgeous performance of my string quartet, (…) I thought it was superb in every respect. »

John Corigliano June 29 2004 -

« Performed with beauty, precision and conviction by the ever-glorious Molinari String Quartet, this work is the tour de force of the release. »

Tiina Kiik, WholeNote April 2004 -

2003

« The Molinari gives an impressive performance in this live recording. »

Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail, June 5, 2003 -

2002

« The Canadian ensemble proves to be terrifically sharp, alert and virtuosic. »

Richard Perry, Ottawa Citizen, April 27, 2002 -

« The Molinari's intensity has metamorphosized. Together as one, in a single heartbeat (…) the musicians surrendered. They are no more the mere instruments of a score, an idea or even an emotion: they are it, they embody it. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, August 12, 2002 -

« ... the Molinari's dared what even more internationally known ensembles don't dare to do. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, June 3, 2002 -

« The Molinaris played with their usual energy and attention to detail. »

Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, March 2, 2002 -

« …the players performed… with the kind of shimmer and style we associate with international ensembles. »

Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, March 25, 2001 -

« The performers gave a dynamic, solid interpratation of the work… »

Andrew Thompson, Winnipeg Free Press, January 17, 2001 -

« The Molinari Quartet renders all the beauties of the twentieth century repertoire with a rare urgency and a rare precision. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, March 13, 2000 -

1999

« ... the absolutely transcending execution of each and every note. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, December 14, 1999 -

« We experienced a meeting at the summit. The one of composer and performers, who by their will and talent, extented the limits of exploration and discovery. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, December 13, 1999 -

« ...the artists are so inspired that they pin us to our seats. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, December 13, 1999 -

« The response was heard triumphal and triumphant: the public judged in a ten minute delirious ovation so much the music was what it should be: the most transcending and most nourishing of all arts. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, December 13, 1999 -

« Their sincerity, execution and stamina was admirable. »

Philip Anson, The Globe & Mail, December 13, 1999 -

« The Molinari was absolutely prodigious. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, December 12, 1999 -

« It was time that we heard here this ensemble whose breath, unity, colour and presence are remarquable. »

Richard Boisvert, Le Soleil, June 5, 1999 -

« It was a miracle of complicity ... the breath of genius passed through. »

François Tousignant, Midi-Culture, Radio-Canada, May 26, 1999 -

« The Montrealers hold promise of becoming Canada's answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet. »

William Littler, The Toronto Star, May 10, 1999 -

« The contemporary music-loving Molinari effectively identified itself as the most promising foursome to have emerged on the Canadian scene. »

William Littler, The Toronto Star, May 10, 1999 -

« The four musicians demonstrated, as they always have, absolute technical preparation, musical involvement and professionalism. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, March 27, 1999 -

1998

« Accuracy, unity, precision and intelligence make the Molinari an exceptional ensemble. »

Dominique Olivier, Voir, December 23, 1998 -

« The ovation was well worthy of what we had just experienced. »

Claude Gingras, La Presse, May 24, 1998 -

1997

« ... breathlessly beautiful and true. »

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, November 26, 1997