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Cavani-Silver-Skirt-Review: Oberlin String Quartet Intensive & Festival — The Cavani Quartet in Kulas Hall (January 17)


Why is it that we so often take for granted the musical greatness that exists in our own town? Case in point: the Cavani Quartet.

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“Cavani String Quartet: Deep, creative program keeps audience riveted” 
– The Columbus Dispatch
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“A new generation of players recognizing spiritual and colouristic potentialities once practiced by bygone exponents… passionate and interesting… an accomplished example of craftmanship and wonderfully communicative.” – The Strad

“Rarely has the work (Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 1) sounded so light, sweet, and classically proportioned as it did in the hands of the Cavanis… their playing was superb.” – The Los Angeles Times

“…warmly lyrical… a monolithic performance…” – The New York Times

“The Cavani played with brilliance and technical expertise… one seamless, superb ensemble performance. The Cavani held the audience spellbound.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“…It has been some time since I have heard such lovely, unforced, gentle but truly assured phrasing; such genuinely spontaneous, unconvtrived cantabile. This kind of intimacy is what real chamber music is all about.” – Musical America

“The fiery Cavani String Quartet moved, breathed and sighed as one… tonal blend and stylistic unity were impeccable. Onstage, they were a formidable presence.” – The Salt Lake Tribune

“As a group, the quartet played as one, forcefully, confidently, yet passionately. Its full, brightly illuminated sound complemented solo playing as well, without sacrificing each player’s individuality.” – Austin American-Statesman, in reference to their performance of the Bartók Quartet Cycle

“…the Cavani String Quartet’s approach to the masterworks in Beethoven’s chamber music canon is clean limbed, energetic and inspired.” – The Buffalo News

“The Mozart Society presented last night at All Saints Church in Carmel, the Cavani String Quartet. It was a stunning concert! These fine young players, violinists Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violist Kirsten Docter and cellist Merry Peckham, each one a highly skilled virtuoso, played together with a magnificent blending of the three P’s — precision, passion and polish.” – Penninsula Reviews

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“The troupe played fearlessly in rarefied works from the summit of the repertoire, by Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven. And if one fugue is great, four must be greater – a veritable “fugue fiesta” as violinist Annie Fullard told the audience in Temple Beth-El.” – San Antonio Express-News
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“You might say the Cleveland-based Cavani Quartet is on track to be the next Kronos Quartet. Further evidence that the Cavanis are super cool…” – New Music Box
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“Together, these players make music with passionate conviction, as if their lives depended on interaction. Expressive intensity, shapely phrasing and ultra-sensitive attention to nuances have become Cavani hallmarks. …this powerful and poetic performance was an example of the special joy musicians exude when minds and instruments connect on the highest level.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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“The Cavani String Quartet is a rare all-female ensemble. Going strong for 25 years, they don’t overwork the red evening gowns or blow-dried curls. Instead, they dart bows with accuracy and elegance…” – Aural States
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