Meet THE Lydian String Quartet


Based out of Boston, the Lydian String Quartet has, according to the Washington Post,
"... revealed a fire that makes all timeless music forever contemporary."


"[The Lydian Quartet is] one of the country's superior chamber groups. The program was challenging: Faure's E-minor Quartet, far too seldom played; Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet, often played and always welcome; and a new work, the Third Quartet by New York-based composer Lee Hyla. The setting was glorious, and so were the performances."
Alan Rich, Los Angeles Daily News

"The Lydians approached the works sensitively and with the full range of tone, from warmth to brashness, that the contemporary literature demands."
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"The Lydian Quartet plays beautifully here, with a precision and involvement marking them as among the world's best quartets."
Kevin M. Williams, Chicago Sun-Times


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Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, on the Lydians' recording of Beethoven's late quartets: "These distinguished readings are full of subtlety, tonal refinement, and a sense of accumulated musical wisdom."

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, on the Lydians' recording of music by Harold Shapero: "All three works receive assured and engrossing performances."

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, on the Lydians' recording of quartets by Charles Ives: "This is one of the great string quartet recordings, catching the Lydian Quartet in its recent prime in music it feels in the marrow of its bones."

Mike Brownell, All Music Guide, on the Lydians' recording of John Harbison's first four string quartets: "The Lydian String Quartet, often recognized for its successful coupling of traditional repertoire as well as new compositions, is perfectly suited for Harbison's works."

Galen H. Brown,, on the Lydians' recording of Lee Hyla's String Quartet No. 4: "The disc starts with the Lydian String Quartet tearing into the opening notes of Hyla's String Quartet #4 (1999) as if it had insulted their mother."

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Lydian String Quartet
Slosberg Music Center, MS 051
Brandeis University
415 South St.
Waltham, MA 02454

Phone: 781-736-3338
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