Reviews

Formation québécoise partiellement dédicataire de ces partitions, le Quatuor Bozzini en fait valoir l’objectivité par une intonation impeccable et une rythmique de bronze sans oublier qu’il n’est pas un synthétiseur mais la réunion de quatre musiciens.

Gérard Condé, Diapason, December 1, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

… it’s a testament to the QB’s skill that the four make rhythmic and fluid what could have been a series of academic exercises.

Ken Waxman, Jazz Word, September 19, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

… the homogenous timbre of a string quartet creates a remarkably dizzying effect which becomes incredibly hypnotic…

Ben Lunn, Morning Star, August 8, 2022

Three Descriptions of Place and Movement (CD) album review

The Bozzini Quartet are a perfect ensemble for the challenges of Harrison’s score, its demanding specificity of expression, dynamics, and rhythm. Cascading entrances and myriad bowing techniques and articulations are delivered crisply, with abundant clarity. The work’s sinuous chromaticism is rendered with admirably spot-on tuning.

Christian Carey, Sequenza 21, July 31, 2022

Three Descriptions of Place and Movement (CD) album review

The repetitive figures that Johnson uses from the outset in the quartet from which the album takes its title, Combinations, require perfect control of the instruments and an optimal sense of timing.

Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten, July 26, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

With his geometric figures, Oesterle here creates a particularly convincing sound sculpture, extremely nuanced and richly shaded.

Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten, July 26, 2022

Michael Oesterle: Quatuors (CD) album review

A wonderful document, superbly played by Quatuor Bozzini, and a fine example of Johnson’s very unique approach to… list making.

Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear, July 14, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

These explorations of instrumental function give the music a more nuanced relationship between melodicism, texture and speech…

Yoshi Maclear Wall, The WholeNote, no. 27:7, May 20, 2022

Tags (CD) album review

Performed senza vibrato, Quatuor Bozzini renders these scores with virtuoso precision along with warmth and a subtle lyricism…

Andrew Timar, The WholeNote, no. 27:7, May 20, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini has energetically championed the newest in classical music since 1999 in their Montréal hometown, on tour and on outstanding albums. […] This album’s four substantial string quartets offer an appealing balance between musical straightforwardness and complexity.

Andrew Timar, The WholeNote, no. 27:7, May 20, 2022

Michael Oesterle: Quatuors (CD) album review

Interesting works delivered in an inspired performance!

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 1334, May 3, 2022

Michael Oesterle: Quatuors (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini’s championing of this composer, matching his language with a refinement of style that moves from rapid filigree to near-stillness in the same mode of emotion, reveals depths slowly swirling below the undemanding surface.

Ben Harper, Boring Like A Drill, April 22, 2022

Michael Oesterle: Quatuors (CD) album review

… the finale manages to balance didactic clarity with transporting gracefulness.

Seth Colter Walls, The New York Times, March 31, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

… songs of melancholic beauty.

Frank P Eckert, Groove, March 16, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

… mais il montre déjà assez bien le potentiel qui sommeille encore dans la partie libre du jazz et des genres expérimentaux apparentés.

Frank P Eckert, Groove, March 16, 2022

Tags (CD) album review

… the music is wonderfully performed by the Bozzini Quartet. Recorded in a church, the music played has a vibrant quality…

Mark Daelmans-Sikkel, Vital, no. 1327, March 15, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

On Tags, we find several compositions she created over the past years…

Robert Steinberger, Vital, no. 1326, March 8, 2022

Tags (CD) album review

… played with characteristic precision, brio, and warmth by Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, March 8, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

Like breathing in sun-kissed arctic air…

Sean Clancy, I Heart Noise, March 7, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini play this all with the sophistication and lightness of touch that it deserves, to bring out the fullness of its self-discipline and its charm.

Ben Harper, Boring Like A Drill, February 26, 2022

Tom Johnson: Combinations (CD) album review

Navigations is a superb way to hear Lucier as he expands out of the Western art music tradition.

George Grella, Bandcamp Daily, February 14, 2022

Alvin Lucier: Navigations (CD) album review

What a magnificent album from a label that very much has my attention.

Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis, February 11, 2022

Tags (CD) album review

This album, documenting a 2015 Quatuor Bozzini concert devoted to the late ultraminimalist, is a commendable addition to his difficult-to-record legacy.

Michael Schell, Sequenza 21, January 3, 2022

Alvin Lucier: Navigations (CD) album review

The Best Contemporary Classical of 2021

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, December 23, 2021

Slower / Talker (CD) album review

The work explores different instrumental combinations and techniques, with plenty of decisions made by the musicians — a specialty of Bozzini, and a key reason why they developed a strong connection to Wolff, who also wrote his Out of Kilter for them in 2019.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, December 23, 2021

3 String Quartets (CD) album review

These juxtapositions are performed spotlessly by the estimable Quatuor Bozzini.

Christian Carey, Sequenza 21, December 22, 2021

3 String Quartets (CD) album review

An ideal excursus into the microtonal and “concrète” investigations of the doyen of sound experimentation…

Michele Palozzo, Esoteros, December 17, 2021

Alvin Lucier: Navigations (CD) album review

The four musicians move from section to section with a collective poise, digging into the textures, dissonances, and atmospherics of the piece to deliver an enthralling performance.

Michael Rosenstein, Point of Departure, December 1, 2021

3 String Quartets (CD) album review

It will keep your body warm and your mind beguiled for many hours, through many days.

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, November 23, 2021

Sommes (3 × CD) album review

Navigations is another defining work.

Ken Waxman, Jazz Word, June 7, 2021

Alvin Lucier: Navigations (CD) album review

Avec Navigations, le Quatuor Bozzini nous plonge dans deux voire trois approches différentes du travail du compositeur américain.

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 128, June 1, 2021

Alvin Lucier: Navigations (CD) album review

… the ravishing opening piece The Indistinguishables features the luminescent sounds of Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini playing dazzling swells, melodic fragments, and resonant pizzicato…

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, April 29, 2021

Slower / Talker (CD) album review