Diapason (Paris, February 2007) "5 diapasons"
“... The style, lively and clear, has its place somewhere between Ravel and Honegger. Is this due to the musician's faith or his unfailing love of life? Probably both. (...). The Stanislas Quartet, which had already recorded the fourth quartet 10 years ago, deliver a masterful interpretation, full of warmth and tenderness”.
Le Monde de la Musique (Paris, February 2007) ****
“.. If the Quartet N° 4, solidly built, already shows the greater liberty that distinguishes it from the preceding opus, the Quartet N° 5 to which the composer gave a sub-title “Quasi una Fantasia” is even freer, but includes also a serious note. The Quartet n° 6, one of the last of Ropartz' works , returns to a more classical architecture in four movements and has a more straightforward approach. (...) As in the first volume, the Stanislas Quartet enhances the richness of Ropartz' music. With these complete works, the publisher renders a public service in revealing to music collectors works which should figure more often in cncerts”.
Classica-Répertoire (Paris, February 2007) Note: 9
“A few months ago when the first volume of the complete works was published, presenting quartets 2 and 3, we underlined the really exceptional character of these works, as well as the beautiful interpretation of the Stanislas Quartet. Our admiration continues with this second volume (a third will follow) (...) It is surprising that such great works have practically never been played since their creation. It shows the importance of these recordings, always interpreted with precision and sensitivity, and of this well documented edition.”
Fanfare (USA - March 18. 2008) "Highly recommended"
"The Stanislas Quartet is working in the region of Nancy, once Ropartz's stomping grounds. I cannot fault them in any way on technical grounds: quite an accomplishment, in music whose difficulty lies in the way the four parts are usually engaged in some form of intricate byplay. My sole criticism remains, a slight lack of crisp assertiveness in the scherzos and finales. No problem with the adagios, though, where they properly find the emotional core of each work. Highly recommended."
The Riviera Reviewer (California, August 23. 2007)
Quoting Jonathan Woolf, "Seeing the words "First Recordings" is always an exciting event. But seeing them emblazoned on this recording of the second and third quartets of Ropartz took me aback. Why has this composer been so badly served by record companies? (...) Neglect is not a word that can be levelled at Timpani, a courageous and intelligent company, a number of whose discs I've reviewed before. They pitch in with a complete edition of the six quartets of which this is the first to be issued. And what a fine and invigorating release it is (...)
Both quartets are attractively recorded and played with flair and commitment by the Quatuor Stanislas. They follow in the august footsteps of the Capet and Calvet in this music- and acquit themselves well."
GRAMOPHONE ( April 2007 )
A French composer of six quartets – but why are they not better known? French quartets tend to come in ones; think of those by Ravel and Debussy, Magnard, Roussel, Dutilleux. One would imagine, then, that a set of six would be especially welcome, but, for reasons I cannot fathom, those by Joseph-Guy Ropartz remain neglected. The present disc (the second of a set of three) contains this composer's final three, all written in his later, simplified manner and are models of poise and Gallic - or should I say Breton – finesse. (...) The Stanislas Quartet play with superb commitment and their occasional infelicities (caused doubtless by enthousiasm) do not mar a delightful disc, nicely recorded.”