“The Tinalley’s were in fine form, their playing dramatic, highly unified and rhythmically powerful. They also impressed in the Ravel Quartet creating a silken, luscious sound.”
“Tinalley get these works ideally right, giving breadth to their introspection while adding just enough leavening humour. Chalabi plays all the time with a sweet, unobtrusive lyricism that seems perfect for Haydn, while Michelle Wood’s cello continually impresses with its crisp articulation and shapeliness of phrase.”
“These performances are technically assured, warmtoned, beautifully blended and ideally balanced. The Tinalley’s approach to articulation is especially striking: the players separate some notes that are normally syncopated in the finale of no.1 and ignore much ‘traditional’ slurring. They characterise Haydn’s differing moods with sharp insights (especially in the cheeky finale of no.4), relish his developing dramatic”
“It’s a curious contradiction that the most emotionally exhilarating performances often come from the players who are most at ease. Unhindered by even the slightest technical weakness, the music produced is boundless in its expressive potential and attention to detail. It’s a thrill to hear just one musician such as this, but the Tinalley String Quartet boasts four players of this rare calibre, so it’s little wonder that their playing is damnnear-perfect”.
“The most immediately striking quality of this group’s playing is its faultless balance. The Tinalley Quartet share a deeply intuitive connection that negates the need for physical theatrics. Instead of wide-eyed glances and grandiose tell-tale nods, there was a restrained yet responsive level of communication with a nimble control, ideal for the acute changes of personality that repeatedly pierce Ravel’s music”.
“Without a doubt, Tinalley is one of Australia’s finest ensembles and this programme shows a brave commitment to innovation and risk-taking which is vital to ensuring the continued vitality of live performance in this country”.
“The hottest ensemble in town”
“Melbourne’s Tinalley Quartet give a passionate and insightful account of (Mendelssohn’s) early a minor Quartet, Op.13, written in the year of Beethoven’s death. The 18-year-old Mendelssohn’s gifts of lyrical and contrapuntal invention are beautifully and delicately brought to life. Anyone who thinks Mendelssohn is synonymous with stodge would do well to listen to this.”