Reviews

… Robert et René continuent à proposer une sorte de free jazz fort roboratif, tonique en diable.

Claude Colpaert, Revue & Corrigée, no. 114, December 1, 2017

Chants et danses… with Strings! (CD) album review

The activities of Lepage and Lussier — quirkily proficient in clarinet and guitar respectively — are exquisitely complemented by Bozzini’s strings…

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, September 6, 2017

Chants et danses… with Strings! (CD) album review

At times haunting and tense, their sound is also unadorned, unaffected and exquisite.

Paul Steenhuisen, The WholeNote, August 29, 2017

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

Overall an extremely satisfying release — absorbing music incisively performed by Quatuor Bozzini.

Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear, June 28, 2017

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

De souffles et de machines, un album qui donne un nouveau souffle à la formule du quatuor de saxophones.

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 112, June 1, 2017

Les musiques d’Urnos (CD) And De souffles et de machines (CD) album review

The sonic narrative on track ten […] sums up the duo’s interaction most succulently, politically and meaningfully.

Ken Waxman, The WholeNote, no. 22:9, June 1, 2017

Chants et danses… with Strings! (CD) album review

… uniquely beautiful, but defiantly provocative works.

Raul da Gama, The WholeNote, no. 22:8, May 1, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

Over the past year or so I haven’t been alone in noticing how much of the freshest, most intriguing and affecting music has been coming from Canadian composers.

Ben Harper, Boring Like A Drill, May 1, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

Impeccable playing from Apartment House and Quatuor Bozzini, the Barcelona and Real Madrid of small experimental music ensembles…

Nathan Thomas, Fluid Radio, May 1, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

… also alights on some lovely episodes of waxing and waning counterpoint, its fragility countered by the unity displayed by the quartet as a whole.

Simon Cummings, 5:4, April 28, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

Evocative imagery for truly evocative music-making.

Christian Carey, Sequenza 21, April 27, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

Drifter is impossible to fault; it is impeccable from first note to last

John Eyles, All About Jazz, April 22, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

mind-blowing album […] masterpiece of experimental music

Dæv Tremblay, Can this even be called music?, March 28, 2017

Chants et danses… with Strings! (CD) album review

The results are beautiful: poised and thoughtful, never forced.

Kate Molleson, The Guardian, March 16, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

Les musiques d’Urnos sont la réponse de temps ancrés dans le présent d’un passé fantasmé à la beauté tumultueuse et captivante. Un opus d’ethno-musique poétique aux courbes utopiques hanté par l’imagination et le désir de faire rêver. Intriguant.

Roland Torres, SilenceAndSound, March 15, 2017

Les musiques d’Urnos (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. The consistently bring both an exquisite touch and a refined sensibility to music that demands invisible rigor.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, March 1, 2017

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

… the tantalizing extract from a Quatuor Bozzini performance of Smith’s string quartet Folkestone.

Steve Smith, The Log Journal, January 16, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review

★★★★

Réjean Beaucage, Voir, January 13, 2017

Chants et danses… with Strings! (CD) album review

Best of 2016: Noteworthy Recordings

Steve Smith, The Log Journal, December 30, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) album review

Alex Ross — Tweeter: My favorite disc of the year — extraordinary playing, extraordinary music.

Alex Ross, The New Yorker, December 14, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) album review

This is music of enveloping mystery and enigmatic beauty.

Alex Ross, WQXR, November 6, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) album review

C’est un ballet délicat qu’a composé Jürg Frey et qu’interprète ici le Quatuor Bozzini

Guillaume Belhomme, Le son du grisli, September 29, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) album review

Björk recommends:Jürg Frey slo-mo string stuff”

Björk, The Creative Independent, September 27, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) And String Quartets (CD) album review

The Quatuor Bozzini has made rapt recordings of the quartets

Alex Ross, The New Yorker, September 5, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) album review

The Montreal-based Quatuor Bozzini are ideal interpreters of Clementi’s music. […] Champions of new music performance at a high level, with an international reputation and their own Collection QB recording label, this is an ensemble well worth experiencing.

Roger Knox, The WholeNote, September 1, 2016

Aldo Clementi: Momento (CD) album review

Ce sont sans doute les compositions de Simon Martin qui nous apparaissent les plus intéressantes.

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 109, September 1, 2016

Aldo Clementi: Momento (CD), Du souffle (CD) And Simon Martin: Hommage à Leduc, Borduas et Riopelle (CD) album review

… these electroacoustic soundscapes wait patiently to be heard.

Elliot Wright, The WholeNote, September 1, 2016

De souffles et de machines (CD) album review

Quasar acquit themselves well with their efforts, and there’s no denying the heartfelt sentiment behind Andriessen’s work.

Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, August 20, 2016

Du souffle (CD) album review

Worth seeking out images of these stark monochrome oils with their sharp strokes of black, white and grey

Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, August 20, 2016

Simon Martin: Hommage à Leduc, Borduas et Riopelle (CD) album review

These various canons and other pieces, ranging in date from 1968 to 2005, brought a deathly pallor to my skin, induced short breathing, and made me dream of wandering 19th-century parlours with no windows and heavy green wallpaper everywhere.

Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, August 19, 2016

Aldo Clementi: Momento (CD) album review

New and recent recordings of interest

Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise, August 12, 2016

String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD) album review

Their investment is palpable on this recording, and their impeccably clear, mostly vibratoless inflection flatters Clementi’s remote yet generous work.

Nick Storring, Musicworks, June 21, 2016

Aldo Clementi: Momento (CD) album review