Delivering almost flawless performances, they take particular care to ensure that textures are as crystal-clear as possible throughout each work. This approach is particularly effective in the Mozart K. 387, which is given a marvelously elegant performance full of youthful freshness and exuberance in the outer movements with a naturally warm lyricism in the Andante Cantabile. It also illuminates the rhythmic complexities in the Scherzo of Debussy’s Quartet presented here with spellbinding virtuosity.
The Formosa Quartet plays with exquisite definition… an appetite-teasing Mozart in G, K. 387 (with a scintillating, sure-bowed finale) and the quartet version of Wolf’s one-off Italian Serenade is a glistening, vivacious, witty, encore-like performance.
The disc is marked by variety, technical brilliance and much charm.
Their playing of the Schubert Quartettsatz is instinct with drama… while Mozart’s 387 is remarkably fine both in meticulous response to the letter and in a desire to look beyond the notes. Formosa Quartet certainly deserves to succeed.
Bold and intense, like shots of pure espresso... Although traditional in terms of repertoire, the performances on this disc go beyond the beautiful and into the territory of unexpectedly thrilling.
One of the very best quartets of their generation.
Focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship.
The players projected a securely integrated ensemble with a vivid sonority that had just enough edge to command attention. First violinist Jasmine Lin was the primary source of this vibrant sound, and when she took hold of a soaring phrase, the pulse of the whole room raced. Violinist Wayne Lee of the bright sound and nimble phrasing eloquently matched Lin, and violist Che-Yen Chen’s muscular approach easily demolished the stereotype of the self-effacing violist… Pae’s resonant cello solos in both the Liang and Wilson works displayed a sophisticated technique that easily adapted to the seasoned Formosa Quartet.
Formosa played with sharply focused rhythm, strongly molded textures, sultry warmth, dazzling tone, captivating energy, and scrupulous attention to detail.