On MusicWeb International, the CD Bohemia Express was very well received by Colin Clarke: ‘A most rewarding disc’.
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‘What is impressive about this performance is the way the St. George Quintet treat the piece as integral within itself, handling it with the utmost care; it is Janáček’s own voice they honour.’
‘In catalogue terms, the St. George Ensemble comes up against fierce opposition (Prazák, Škampa and Panocha Quartets to name but two region-specific ones) but manage to hold their own, not least because of their charm, heard in the contrasting sections of the Scherzo, where the outer sections have much dance-like vim to them. The slow movement, a Poco Andante, flows nicely here, in its latter stages punching well above its weight; of particular beauty is the way the St George ensemble phrases the descending, sighing phrases.’
‘Diede Verpoest’s viola very moving in its solo line at the opening; the St. George Ensemble takes us on a remarkable emotional journey within a shot space of time. The ensemble’s tuning is impeccable; if pushed, it would be the Suk that I would identify as the disc’s highlight.’
‘Beautifully produced by the experienced Rachel Smith, this is a most rewarding disc.’