Free Spirits - Delius, Grieg and Grainger

[The Bridge Quartet] give here arguably the finest account of Grieg's G minor Quartet since the 1937 Budapest version, and certainly the most idiomatic of all modern recordings. This is noble playing, admirably recorded.
Robert Matthew-Walker,
International Record Review, June 2001

 

[This] is music that above all needs to be 'sung', to be exulted in - and this is where the Bridge Quartet really comes into its own. The group affectionately cocoons this music, enabling its lyrical impulse to emerge with as about as much warmth as it can take.
No less enchanting are the final two movements ... of an earlier quartet, discovered in the British Library by the Bridge Quartet's violist Michael Schofield.
If I have dwelled on the Bridge Quartet's outstanding Delius performances, this is not to imply that its playing in the Grieg is anything less than highly distinguished, even in the face of celebrated performances by the Budapest and Oslo quartets. Velvety sonics and excellent booklet notes round off an outstanding release.
Julian Haycock, The Strad, May 2001