TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 1 4255412
. . . [the artists] take a low-key, lyrical approach, allowing the music to speak for itself. Where many violinists have come to grief in Tchaikovsky's filigree, first violinist Kenneth Sillito is impressively accurate . . . This is a most attractive release. Recommended.
. . . [this classic LP] still sounds wonderful. The springy "Scherzo" of the Borodin is pure pleasure, and the Gabrieli's Tchaikovsky compares favourably.
The Kingsway Hall recording accorded to the Gabrieli is beautifully detailed but never too close. It allows the group's very lyrical but still rhythmically vital performance full rein. Ensemble balance is excellent throughout and Kenneth Sillito proves an eloquently superior first violin . . . Cellist Valentin Berlinsky ensures that the "Notturno" remains on the right side of sentimental -- his beauty of tone underpins the performance, in fact -- and plays his part in unfolding the collective viol-like tone in which the Borodin specialised . . . this 1962 one has as much bite and mobility as any . . . [it] sounds the most naturally phrased.