‘…the opportunity to experience the complete quartets in live performance is a rare privilege… Presented across five sessions, the cycle was delivered non-sequentially. This dramatically highlighted the diversity in structure and scale employed by Shostakovich across a 36-year period of composition. At the same time, it revealed the constancy of motivic devices (including his four-note signature), jagged chromaticisms, attenuated sequences and dance forms the composer employed in his most autobiographic body of work…’
Eammon Kelly, The Australian