[Ligeti Quartet No. 1] Throughout the mesmerizing 20 minutes, the group’s attention to detail - sharply characterizing the composer’s neon effects - made an exhilarating landscape...The finale showed the group’s robust tone, flecked with tiny moments revealing the musicians’ innermost thoughts.
[The Rolston String Quartet] showed such delicacy, slender elasticity, impeccable intonation, and such eminent sense of tonal balance. [...] This is a new bright star on the truly not empty string quartet sky of our day.
[The Rolston String Quartet] chimed the most resonantly with the ideals of perfect quartet playing.
The Canadian Rolston String Quartet, a string quartet demonstrating incredible smoothness of tone and gesture, perfectly precise interplay and the most sensitive emotional understanding, emanated musical magic.
They already belong to a generation of string players performing at a level difficult to imagine in generations past
an electrifying performance
an impressive, deeply serious interpretation...highly sensitive, delicately transparent. A musical sound treasure, blissful.
a caramel blend in tone that only makes you want to hear more.
the exhilarating Rolston String Quartet...What great jubilance and exuberance these fresh-faced players radiated, and what a thrilling cohesion of phrasing and tone.
the Rolston...who fusion of Classicism and Romanticism might easily have proven problematic for a lesser ensemble, but here was afforded just the right mix of delicate articulation, stormy passion and tender stillness resulting in a hard performance to beat.
Mozart's oeuvre sounded noble, cultured and was performed with a very balanced sound between the different instruments, enriched by expressiveness and a deeply felt execution - yet, without overdoing it. No external ingredients were added: the Rolston Quartet let the music speak for itself. [...] The performance of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartet in E minor from Op. 59 was marked by great artistic maturity and a sound understanding of the piece.
When the Rolston String Quartet performed the last two movements of Beethoven’s String Quartet, Opus 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky,” it made you wonder what they would have revealed about themselves in the first two – but only because they were so good....the group has both spirit and polish, plus a sophistication at odds with their baby faces. The third movement hinges on an ability to make the rhythm click into a groove while maintaining a certain looseness, and the Rolston mastered this balance beautifully.
A new way of playing music unveiled itself, as young artists caused a true wave of excitement. The young Rolston String Quartet's performance was characterized by a suggestive mood when playing Mozart, Janacek and Beethoven, while exploring the soul of the oeuvre in a differentiating manner. [...] Playing Janacek [Intimate Letters], the artists conjure up seemingly spontaneous and surreal dance tunes with dissonant trills, while playing irresistibly and in a phenomenal way. Beethoven's Op. 59 no. 2 has been dismissed as a ‘patchwork by a madman’, and it is with exactly that expression of liberation that the Rolston String Quartet plays a ‘mad’ Beethoven. [...] The Adagio sounds superbly weighted [...], while the ‘madness’ in the Presto finale swings elegiacally and ethereally sounding, and is played short of breath, haltingly, genuinely - one might say. Cheers and jubilation!
It was as if the air in the Electoral Palace was electrically charged. Starting from the budding initial motive, Mozart's String Quartet K. 387 played by the young, award-winning Rolston Quartet unfolds a rigor, an intensity that does not let go of you so quickly. [...] Music played free of clichés, even after the break. The Rolston Quartet provides the Beethoven Quartet op. 59.2 with a very unique, very unusual tone. [...] It is dominated not by classicist moderation, but by gripping, sharpened energy. The severely expressive, slow movement Molto di sentimento, the tragic undertone in the following Allegretto with its liberating E major episode, and then the finale with his perfectly interlocking motifs: the Rolston Quartet makes Beethoven sound brand new and very young. The bright, transparent, intrinsic sound of this Quartet, which is free of all the lush and opulent, fits perfectly. A great, sophisticated concert rich in discoveries!