“…there’s nothing raw or undercooked in these interpretations. From the rapturous way Zara Benyounes’s violin crests the first climax of the Bartók to the almost improvisatory ebb and flow of the first movement of the Beethoven, these are readings which – however fresh – are born of deep familiarity with the score and a corresponding trust between the four players.”
"the Benyounes manage to balance warmth of tone and breathable phrasing with brittle precision.."
"Throughout, the playing is never over-embellished but rather reveals a tensile strength at the music’s core. With a lively, well balanced sound and decent programme notes to match, all that’s missing is a red-ribbon bow."
BBC Music Magazine
“Energetic playing here from the Benyounes; the Bartok and Beethoven blister, while the Debussy is an animated delight in their hands.."
Music Web International
"..such powerful playing, in total empathy with the composer’s idiosyncratic style at the time of writing, and where the ensemble wasn’t simply taut, but absolutely as one."
“The polish of the Benyounes Quartet was new…they already seem seasoned verterans with their tight ensemble and confident projection.”
Seen & Heard International
“This all-female ensemble is particularly fine. They played here with passion and confidence: the ferocious virtuosic demands of the Bartok were negotiated with aplomb. It was a cogent and persuasive performance – the musicians are already strong, energetic communicators on top of their technical accomplishment. A really winning combination of ardour and exuberance.”
“A carefully balanced ensemble highlighted the subtlest nuances of colour and shape through individual expression…one wonders where this exciting quartet will go next.”
“The maturity and sensitivity of the playing by all members of the ensemble was delight; they played as one instrument.”