2013 is almost upon us, so join us this week as we reflect on the past year. 2012 was an exciting year for ASQ and Foghorn Classics, as we released THREE new recordings! Take a look back at them and some quick review quotes below:

In FriendshipIn Friendship

“This album, titled In Friendship, is particularly remarkable for César Cano’s clarinet quintet… This is music with sharp edges, even in the string writing—no “easy listening classical” here!—yet which keeps up the interest of even the casual classical listener while it challenges and delights the experienced ear… This is, quite simply a marvelous work, and it is marvelously performed by Lluna with the Alexander Quartet…I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s simply a gem.” — Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine

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With Strings Attached
With Strings Attached

“Anchored by fresh interpretations of Brahms and Beethoven, the imaginative new works commissioned for the Alexander String Quartet and SFCA cohere uncannily, as the composers no doubt took advantage of the ensembles’ polished ability to stretch time and evoke an endless range of emotional and picturesque subjects.” — Rob Wendt, I Care If You Listen

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Allegro Classical


Alexander String Gershwin & Kern Cover ArtGershwin & Kern

“jazzy, intricate and wonderfully varied, with the clarinet – the dexterous Catalan virtuoso Joan Enric Lluna – serving now as substitute vocalist, now as part of a contrapuntal web…The Jerome Kern songs…(including “All the Things You Are,” “Bill” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) are masterpieces of concise expressiveness, and the quartet delivers each one with tender urgency. Gershwin’s “Lullaby” for String Quartet makes an alluring closer.”— The San Francisco Chronicle

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