ABSOLUTELY! - Steinmetz/Tolling/FSQ (2013)
"Beautiful, evocative, compelling, dense at times while deeply tinged in heart and soul, Uwe Steinmetz’s brilliant original compositions and visionary arrangements of classical masterworks are eminently suited for the lens of the modern day string quartet form. Masterfully brought to focus by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, enriched and enlivened by jazz violin wizard Mads Tolling, and highlighted by the composer’s own hard swinging virtuosic saxophone playing, the new record of Uwe Steinmetz and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet is a must-listen for anyone with ears for what’s happening in contemporary cross-genre music making."
- David Balakrishnan (violinist, composer and founder of the Turtle Island String Quartet, 2012)
String Quartets 1 & 2, Piano Quintet (Michael Blake, piano) MBED00
"The three substantial pieces on this CD are some of the most uncompromisingly individual chamber works of recent years....influenced by the sound-world and syntax of traditional African musics, they surprise and impress....The performances of all three works on this disk are committed and masterly." -Michael Graubart, TEMPO (2013)
String Quartets 1-4 MSV 28528
“While the music is intellectually challenging, it's also very approachable, making for one of the most interesting chamber releases to appear in some time. The performances by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet are impeccable… razor sharp precision, confidence and emotional commitment. The sound is exceptionally clear.” –Robert E McQuiston, Classical Lost and Found (2012)