Reviews

Low frequency tones fall in the hollows and as slow booming percussion takes steps an alert violin leads to a tiny gaggle of chimes. Drone and drama as the strings twitch quickly, instantly.

TJ Norris, Toneshift, March 26, 2019

floating layer cake (CD) album review

Miller’s string quartet About Bach won the 2016 Jules Léger Prize, Canada’s highest honour for new chamber music, giving it serious momentum. It’s the centrepiece of Bozzini Quartet’s 2018 release Just So, an album devoted to Miller’s music.

Robert Rowat, CBC Music, March 14, 2019

Just So (CD) album review

Recommended for late night listening.

Baze Djunkiii, nitestylez.de, March 6, 2019

floating layer cake (CD) album review

The Bozzinis excel at this kind of intricate, infinite music…

Simon Cummings, 5:4, March 5, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

This recording […] testifies to their willingness to take on challenges to find new musical ground.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:6, March 1, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

L’écoute se révèle fascinante…

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 119, March 1, 2019

Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD) album review

La multiplication des pistes […] permet aux quatre musiciens du quatuor de renforcer l’effet drone de la pièce.

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 119, March 1, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

Just So permet de plonger l’auditeur dans une musique relativement déroutante…

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 119, March 1, 2019

Just So (CD) album review

Martin set out to create a fecund dialectic of sound and music with the piece, and in that he has succeeded. (cqb_1922). […] Both pieces are quintessential Niblock — thickly textured swarms of drones made up of microtones and moving timbres. Sustaining the requisite long tones undoubtedly is a challenge to the players’ physical stamina, but the sounds never falter. (cqb_1924)

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, February 28, 2019

Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD) And Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

Montréal’s peerless Quatour Bozzini uses overdubbing to adapt two typically intense works by Phill Niblock, originally scored for orchestra, illuminating the inherent psychoacoustic effects with breathtaking power.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, February 28, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

Le Quatuor Bozzini épouse cette musique avec un naturel déroutant.

Benjamin Goron, La Scena Musicale, February 11, 2019

Just So (CD) album review

This version of Disseminate stands among the mightiest episodes met over decades of acquaintance with Niblock’s material. Its character is extraordinarily “in your face”

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, January 23, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

My 40 favorite albums of 2018

Peter Margasak, Peter Margasak, January 8, 2019

Just So (CD) album review

Best Chamber CD

Sequenza 21, December 30, 2018

Bozzini+ (2 × CD) album review

Cassandra Miller’s music has knocked me sideways.

Kate Molleson, Herald Scotland, December 26, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

… varied works that possess a rare, original lyricism, in which traditional materials are fragmented and recast…

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:3, November 1, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

The texture is thick and creamy, very complex and lovely, the phrases almost conversational, as though discussing and contemplating that aforementioned threshold, but doing so with little apprehension. It ends with quiet acceptance.

Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear, October 31, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

History has been made.

JOHN EYLES, All About Jazz, October 16, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

It’s an immensely satisfying, soft kind of almost-lullaby, a fine ending to a superb recording.

Brian Olewnick, Just outside, September 12, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

Trip, en quatre mouvements asymétriques, entraîne l’auditeur dans un voyage hallucinant…

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 117, September 1, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) And Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini make the fiendish technical requirements of playing this piece with finesse all but invisible.

Ben Harper, Boring Like A Drill, August 27, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

Cassandra Miller: Just So; O Zomer! CD review — profoundly haunting — 4 stars

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, August 23, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini was a stellar choice; their long relationship with the composer, and their ability to make every swell and timbral juxtaposition count in music where they are paramount, renders their interpretations second to none.

Marc Medwin, Dusted Magazine, August 21, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

… the Quatuor Bozzini maintain a clarity of individual articulation, even in the densest passages.

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, May 29, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

… a very rewarding and satisfying experience,  revealing an intriguing beauty…

Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 1133, May 14, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

At once static and tumultuous, this is depth experience, rewarding all the attention one can give it.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 23:8, May 1, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

In the closing section, the piece turns to a repeated and strangely vertiginous ascending motif made all the more affecting by the performers’ restrained urgency. The quartet, supplemented by violist Jennifer Theissen and the fine Baroque/early music cellist Elinor Frey, bring out an understated but real richness in the piece

Daniel Barbiero, Percorsi Musicali, January 30, 2018

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

The Bozzini deliver with aplomb…

Grant Chu Covell, La Folia, January 1, 2018

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

Since forming in 1999, Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini have steadily ascended to become not only one of the most daring string quartets in Canada, but in the entire world.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, December 22, 2017

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

My personal discovery of 2017 was the insistently haunting music of the US-born, Canadian-based Linda Catlin Smith, both in concert at the Huddersfield festival and on Drifter

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, December 21, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

The results are mesmerising on her double album of chamber music, Drifter, with poised performances from Apartment House and the Bozzini Quartet

Kate Molleson, Herald Scotland, December 13, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

Linda Catlin Smith, Drifter

Alex Ross, The New Yorker, December 11, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review