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  • ”..all played with pristine neatness and accuracy…The third movement, Adagio molto e mesto, unfolded as a great arch of profound music making, with a breathless hymn-like opening and some wonderfully soft playing.”

    Tim Homfray, The Strad, December 2022
  • …love the enviable hush and unruffled poise Julius Drake and the Piatti Quartet bring to the devastatingly moving ‘From far, from eve and morning…’

    Nicky Spence and colleagues serve up a nourishing feast of vocal music, culminating in a performance of On Wenlock Edge which, in its thrilling assurance, strength of imagination and rapt instinct, inclines me to rank it among the very finest I know.

    Andrew Achenbach
  • Magically done by all, as is the whole disc…

    Fiona Maddocks, April 2022 (On Wenlock Edge, Hyperion CD review)
  • “…Superbly executed by a tightly reciprocal ensemble…” (Ekstasis, Gavin Higgins, CD Review) 4.5*

    “…The Piatti Quartet creating a haunting, hazy landscape through which to catch Drake’s variously peeling chimes…desert island stuff.” (RVW ‘On Wenlock Edge’ CD review) 5*

    Michael Quinn and Clive Paget respectively 2022
  • Here, they offer an illuminating recital of British works, including two recorded premieres. Both trios of pre-war miniatures by Bridge and Britten are superbly done. The Piatti demonstrate their acute sensitivity to mood and texture right from the first of Bridge’s Idylls… As with the other works on the programme, the Piatti play [the Turnage] with absolute authority and conviction. A most enterprising and rewarding programme.

    Andrew Farach-Colton

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  • From soothing pastorale to euphoric rock anthem, this excellent album traces an intriguing path through modern British works for quartet…The Piatti Quartet are on ferociously fine form…

    Kate Wakeling, 4 December 2018
  • More satisfying was the earlier concert in Orford Church from the young Piatti string quartet. They gave a delightfully soft-grained performance of Haydn’s Bird Quartet, and a hugely intense one of Beethoven’s Quartetto Serioso, with two contemporary pieces in between. Simon Holt’s Fourth Quartet Cloud House, here receiving its world premiere, conjured an imaginary walk through a real-life abandoned house on a Welsh mountain

    Ivan Hewett, Aldeburgh Festival review, June 2018

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  • A young ensemble at its finest…To Mendelssohn’s final quartet, the F minor, this splendid young ensemble brought lyrical warmth and a gripping urgency.

    Barry Millington, 4 April 2018

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  • At Headington school hall, the youthful Piatti Quartet, with Ann Beilby (viola) and Guy Johnston (cello), gave a dashing and sensuous account of Brahms’s String Sextet No 2, Op 36, pizzicato cellos and murmuring violas offsetting the rhythmic bite of upper strings.The soprano Alice Privett, stepping in at very short notice, was a faultless soloist in Zemlinsky’s scarcely known and voluptuous short work for voice and string sextet, Maiblumen blüten überall.

    Fiona Maddocks, Oxford Lieder Festival, 4 October 2017

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