‘Superb’– The New York Times

‘The Calder’s Beethoven was full of flaring drama, furrowed brows and quiet intensity. But, with the tightest of ensemble playing and well-judged balancing of instrumental voices, the piece retained its classical integrity and polished finish.’
– The Washington Post

‘Tuesday’s concert by the superb Calder Quartet showed that the time-honored string quartet format still provides fertile ground for innovation and surprise in the hands of imaginative, skillful creators.’
– The New York Times

‘Calder Quartet played some formidable Mozart and Beethoven’
– Alex Ross, The New Yorker

‘I’ve written before that every time I hear the Calder, the ensemble seems to have reached a new level. That remains true, and now only the stars are the limit, as the Calder takes its place as one of America’s most satisfying — and most enterprising — quartets.’ – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

‘Full marks to the Edinburgh Festival for enticing the Calder Quartet, which, on yesterday’s evidence, sits well among the US top tier.’ – The Scotsman

‘The Calder Quartet played the most insightful and moving performance of Thomas Adès’s Arcadiana I’ve ever heard.’
– Tom Service, The Guardian UK

‘The Calder’s passionate engagement with the music was notable; so was their pinpoint control and near-flawless execution.’ – Boston Globe

‘tremendous conviction’ – Cleveland Plain Dealer

‘Performances like these — freshly rethought, impeccably played — do more than provide enjoyable listening. They reveal hidden dimensions, renew a bond with the composer, and justify the continuance of familiar works in the repertory.’ – Boston Globe

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SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE – Adès’s Quartets Stack Up Well in Calder Quartet’s Performance

Comparing any living composer to Beethoven practically begs for outraged comments, but I’m willing to take that chance for Thomas Adès. The British composer’s two quartets, separated by 16 years, offer wildly different experiences; both were perfectly at home with Beethoven’s second “Razumovsky” Quartet on the Calder Quartet’s April 12 program. Indeed, if these three works still have any disbelievers, I hope they were at Herbst on Wednesday to hear the ensemble — Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook, violins; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; and Eric Byers, cello — convincingly argue for their union…

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – Calder Quartet shines in both new and old music

A string quartet that can play Beethoven as powerfully as the Calder Quartet is an important asset to the musical ecosphere, to be sure, though perhaps not an especially uncommon one. But a group that can make new music sound thoroughly vibrant and sensual — well, that’s something to cherish.

In a transfixing recital presented in Herbst Theatre on Wednesday, April 12, by San Francisco Performances, the ensemble devoted the entire first half of its program to two recent masterpieces by the British composer Thomas Adès, and punctuated the event with a breathtakingly beautiful work by the young American Andrew Norman. The result was an exemplary model of how to integrate old and new works so that they communicate tellingly with one another…

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LA TIMES – The Calder Quartet rolls along with Beethoven

…The players relied on what they are particularly good at, namely, producing a beautifully rounded and unified sound, as well as showing a generous sense of musical camaraderie, as the quartet did — slyly, it so happened — for the opening of Opus 18, No. 1.

What at first seemed a fine demonstration of Classical period balance, grace and good sense was only a setup. When the players then ripped into the development section with an infectious enthusiasm, they made visceral Beethoven’s revolutionary spirit…

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LIMELIGHT – Calder Quartet (Utzon Room Series)

★★★★½

Cutting edge Beethoven from La La Land foursome.Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

February 26, 2017

Sydney’s crème de la crème Utzon Series chamber music season got under way in stylish fashion with a beautifully structured and compelling performance of Beethoven’s own favourite of his 16 quartets, the C sharp minor Op. 131, by the American Calder Quartet…

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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Classic strings to their bows

Beethoven and Beyond

5 stars

Calder Quartet

Winthrop Hall

REVIEW WILLIAM YEOMAN

This group of three concerts, performed across as many days from Friday through to Sunday as part of PIAF’s Chamber Music Series curated by Yarmila Alfonzetti, showcased the talents of one of today’s leading string quartets, LA-based Calder Quartet. It also showcased the genius of Beethoven at its most refined and intimate, alongside the unique, vital voices of three leading contemporary composers…

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WALL STREET JOURNAL – Training Tips for a Marathon Musical Performance

…This Saturday, lovers of modern classical music get their own endurance event at the Met Cloisters, when the Calder Quartet offers a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s 1983 piece “String Quartet No. 2.” With a duration that can stretch beyond six hours, the 124-page, fully notated score is a puzzle, a brain teaser, a feat of strength and an endurance test—of the physical and mental limits of its players and its audience…

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NEW YORK TIMES – Exploring a Cathartic Moment in a Lengthy String Quartet

A funny notion, selecting a single, favorite page from Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2. After all, this 1983 opus of titanic duration and fearsome reputation can last anywhere from under four hours to over six, depending on repeats and tempo. Requiring unyielding concentration and unceasing precision to fulfill the composer’s demands, it pushes the bounds of what is physically possible…

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