Hilda van Heel, Luxemburger Wort - Une mosaïque musicale étincelante
about the Amstel Tracks Now! concert @ the Philharmonie, Luxemburg 8-2-2012:
“It’s such an undescribable pleasure to listen to these four musicians: an borderless musical horizon and a generous liberty of expression...
...Going from Renaissance to New Music, they create a new world in itself with every musical work. Their interpretations are always passionate and self-renewing...
...In their new program “Amstel Tracks Now!”, the quartet impresses by their transparent and balanced playing, paired with a sheer abundance of musicality...
...Unbelievable professional precision go hand in hand with a generous liberty of expression.
The Amstel Quartet creates a perfectly balanced sound stage paired with a undeniably strong consciousness of style...”
Remy Franck, Pizzicato about Amstel Tracks Now!:
Supersonic Award February 2012
“a superb program, musically sublimely constructed and played with absolute devotion. The sheer beauty of timbres, the cohesion of playing of the members of the Amstel Quartet, their symbiosis of colours and spiritual implications transform their interpretations into role models of musicality”
“The Amstel Quartet changes even the most simple work into a breathtaking diamond.” Het Parool, Amsterdam
“The men of the Amstel Quartet have no fear ... We can now say that the saxophone quartet is ‘the string quartet of the second half of the twentieth century.’” Luister, The Netherlands
“Strong ensemble playing ... The programming on Straight Lines reflects the versatility of the saxophone quartet and how the instruments’ rich sound lends itself so successfully to various musical genres.” Susan McKenzie, Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain
“...highly developed ensemble playing ... masters of the instruments...” Remy Franck, Pizzicato, Luxembourg
“The Amstel Quartet is a close ensemble with an excellent ear for collective sound. A handful of works from the 1990s, especially, excel.” Mens en Melodie, The Netherlands
“Sweet sounding, affectionate style of playing.” NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands
“...incredibly played Prelude, Fugue and Variation by Cesar Franck...” Anthony Fiumara, Trouw, The Netherlands