The Dafô Quarter have more then the measure of this music: this is a powerfullu recorded. Any admirer of Górecki needs to have this disc. /Ivan Moody/.
The Critics` Choice 2018
Quartet shines brightly. They understand the way this challenging work relates not only to the composer’s famous ‘simplified’ style, but also to his much earlier music. Their performance is both vibrant and subtle, and beautifully recorded. /Ivan Moody/.
Znakomita interpretacja Kwartetu Dafó (...) wytwarza klimat skupienia i zadumy, a doskonała realizacja nagrań dokonanych w Europejskim Centrum Muzyki Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w Lusławicach dopełnia całości. /Robert Ratajczak/. »»»
A fine recording of an important late-twentieth-century work but short value. /Brian Wilson/. »»»
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
The Dafô String Quartet offers a performance that is both inspired and well measured; it is excellent especially in the way that they exemplify the intensity of the work. Perhaps it is because they are Polish, but they certainly get to the heart of this music, more so than the Kronos Quartet’s Nonesuch recording (7559-79993-3) and this despite their being the dedicatees of the Quartet. It receives a recording to match. This is a wonderful disc, one that any devotee of Górecki’s music will want and cherish, as well as all those who are passionate about string quartets in general. This is the best chamber music disc I have heard so far this year and is an early contender for my Recording of the Year. /Stuart Sillitoe/. »»»
Henryk Gorecki’s very lyrical and deeply emotional Third String Quartet is played in an immediately appealing performance by the all-female Dafo Quartet. /Remy Franck/. »»»