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Concert at Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Heath and More: a British string quartet provides a tour of musical landscapes in a PCMS concert

by Margaret Darby Phindie

November 20, 2018

“From there, the quartet’s performance of Henry Purcell’s Chacony in G Minor, Z. 730, a four-part viol consort piece, allowed us to hear the barest bones of their playing in a sweeping tune, with successive variations taking place as if improvised by the players. The finale, as it is led in a slow passage of half steps on the viola, was magnetic.”

CD Review: Bartók Complete String Quartets

Bartók Complete String Quartets

by Richard Bratby Gramphone

August 1, 2017

“That makes for a powerfully vivid and focused account of the Third Quartet, and a Fifth Quartet that, not entirely predictably, comes across as the lightest of the set. But elsewhere, it’s devastating: the tear-stained climax of the first movement of the First Quartet, the sudden, poignant fade at the end of the first movement of the Sixth and the piercing stab of pain in that work’s closing bars. They play the impassioned solos of the Fourth’s central Non troppo lento relatively straight: the ardour grows from within, culminating in a final, misty vison of nocturnal stillness that is – no other word for it – magical.”

CD Review: Bartók Complete String Quartets

Bartók: Complete String Quartets CD review – convincing and impressive

by Andrew Clements The Guardian

June 7, 2017

“The careful balancing of textures and clarity of the part writing are regularly impressive. The unfolding of the counterpoint in the first two quartets, and whirlwind delicacy and transparency of the final section of the Third, are spellbinding. And their treatment of the deeply tragic finale of the Sixth, which never becomes lachrymose, could hardly be bettered.”

CD Review: Tchaikovsky String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 (Heath Quartet)

by Angus McPherson Limelight

January 11, 2017

“The Heath Quartet’s lush, integrated sound in the opening chords of Tchaikovsky’s optimistic String Quartet No 1 in D, Op. 11, sets the tone for this disc – the English ensemble’s debut on Harmonia Mundi… …The players trace sensitive arcs with muted strings in the delicate, folk-inspired second movement while the Scherzo hums with energy, the quartet producing a full, vibrant sound before the joyous romp of the quartet’s finale.”

CD Review: Tchaikovsky String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3

Tchaikovsky String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3 CD Review

The Times

November 1, 2016

“In the hymn-like introduction, andante sostenuto, and especially the andante funebre e doloroso, the Heath players pour out Tchaikovsky’s grief for his friend with a depth of tone and virtuosity – in the allegros – that matches the finest Russians on disc. A notable debut.”

CD Review: Tippett String Quartets

Tippett String Quartets

by Peter Quantrill Gramphone

September 1, 2016

“The Wigmore hush – and the Heaths’ response to it – is most beneficial in the long, fragile span of the Fifth’s finale. Caution is thrown to the winds most memorably in the Fourth Quartet, the cycle’s charged flashpoint. The Heaths maintain tension throughout, withholding arrival-points from this birth-to-life narrative, whereas The Lindsays allow breathing space in the central, Bartókian nocturne. Both approaches are persuasive, but no one has dramatised the finale’s palindrome, with a spooky hall of mirrored harmonics at its centre, with the poise of the Heaths. A tremendous achievement.”