Enso String Quartet’s ArtPower concert meets stylistic challenges with grace and big sound
Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera established an international reputation with his String Quartet No. 2 (1958), and the Ensō Quartet plays it better than any other quartet in the world. Every slashing rhythm, every excursion off the beaten harmonic track, every unconventional instrumental color (growling, swooning, spectral, whispering, full-blooded chords that stand before your eyes as if carved from wood) — no other quartet comes close. This kind of mastery demands intellectual understanding and spiritual kinship as much as it requires individual and collective virtuosity. Everything was there: dynamite music-making.
Marcus Overton | San Diego Union-Tribune
Music: A handful at Maverick
This group had a crisp, clean sound, also very beautiful in tonal quality...
Leslie Gerber | Woodstock Times
Enso Quartet, Adelaide Town Hall, June 16
The playing by the Enso Quartet matched the drama and intensity of the music superbly.
Stephen Whittington | Adelaide Advertiser (Australia)
New York-based foursome delight and exhilerate
The brilliant Ensō String Quartet are breathtaking to witness live, revelling in complex, sparkling compositions with all the dexterous teamwork and camaraderie so essential to the form.
Consummate musicianship and intriguing programming from Enso Quartet
The balance between the instruments could hardly have been bettered in the slow second movement, and the ending was particularly magical.
Enso String Quartet: swirling textures of child refugee’s odyssey
The ensemble then turned its focus to one of the repertoire staples: Beethoven’s op 74 Harp quartet. The group’s elegant timbre stressed classical refinement over romantic drama. Brisk speeds and crystalline textures created a lithe, civilised reading of the opening movement. By contrast, the warm-toned sound and curvaceous cantabile lines infused the slow movement with a sense of pensive serenity.
Their rhythmic vigour and biting attack achieved a captivating account of the explosive scherzo while the group’s astutely judged tempo, dynamic and expressive contrasts in the theme-and-variations finale captured the distinctive character of each individual variation.
Ensō String Quartet (Musica Viva)
Enso String Quartet bring thrills but no spills in first Musica Viva tour
The dynamic New York-based Enso String Quartet brings plenty of excitement and imagination to the table as Musica Viva Australia audiences are finding out in the group’s first national tour here.
Quartet deliver earth and verve with sweet Finnish
After 17 years performing, Enso String Quartet still has the freshness and attack that spurred one critic to rationalise the group's smouldering power as half honey and half molten lava.
William Dart | New Zealand Herald
Enso String Quartet gives punchy opening for Chamber Music
The Enso String Quartet's punchy opening to Haydn's Quartet in A gave the impression of more than just four players. Then within minutes they produced supersoft pianissimo.... This huge range of dynamics along with their resonant tone results in a wonderfully expressive and enjoyable sound.
Allan Purdy | Taranaki Daily News (New Zealand)
Concert Review: Enso String Quartet
I was already aware of their many accolades prior to the concert, but nothing could have prepared me for the quality and maturity they revealed in the concert itself....The players appeared to think as one. It was chamber music at its best.
David Sell | The Press (New Zealand)