“Natural - this is undoubtedly the adjective that pops up from the very beginning of this recording. […] String Quartet No. 1 in Meccore’s interpretation is close to Schubert’s works, avoiding pathos and with beautiful vocal lines, in particular in Andante cantabile as well as in the very convincing Quartet movement op. post. […]The sextet presents a unique momentum, inspiration and engagement. They show Tchaikovsky intimate and delicate on the one hand and beaming and jubilant on the other. All this in a chamber music interpretation incredibly eloquent and lively. The ensemble showcases in particular the beauty of the counterpoint of Allegro vivace and maintains the spirit throughout the whole recording.”
Fabienne Bouvet, Classica, March 2019
“This is a superb SACD production […]. I don’t know better versions of any of these works.”
Roy Westbrook, MusicWeb International, January 2019
“This is once again an interpretation which is vibrant, inspired, and profoundly romantic that the Meccore Quartet delivers here, in which, most notably, the originality of the treatment of colors is not the least virtue. In short, here is an SACD by the Russian master that is to be savored fully.”
Jean-Jacques Millo, Opus HD Magazine, January 2019
“The exquisite and harmonious "Meccores" and their soon-to-be-released complete recording of Tchaikovsky’s quartets, should be considered a whole new reference point. At least, the D major op. 11 of the Russian master, notoriously underrated in chamber music, can hardly ever be heard in such a beautiful interpretation […]. Above all, the heart-melting Andante and the irresistibly brilliant and unleashed final movement were especially impressive. Tchaikovsky can and must sound so classy, kitsch-free and unsentimental as in Meccore String Quartet's performance.”
Klaus Roß, Rhein Neckar Zeitung, November 2018
“The excellent Warsaw-based Meccore String Quartet”
Lutz Lesle, Die Welt, November 2018
“The Meccore String Quartet has impressed the critics also in Pizzicato with their previous recordings. They are now consistently impressive. They have retained a dreamlike security of interaction, impeccable intonation and successful phrasing.”
Uwe Krusch, Pizzicato, November 2018
“The strong dance-like impulse is the first thing that stands out positively in this recording. The extremely differentiated dynamics of the MSQ also impress immediately. Even in this extended line-up […], the highly sensitive interaction simply works excellently.”
Andreas Fritz, Audio, November 2018
“Founded in 2007, the multiple prize winning Quartet, performed in August Everding Hall works by Grieg, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with such a fire, such a stage presence, such a very unique dance-like impetus and such an infalliable taste, which only an absolute world-class ensemble is able to present. […] These highly sophisticated musicians always seem to have lots of air underneath their feet. Something else is also distinguishing - their utmost focussing on the perpetual continuity of the inner musical context. Additionally, the undisturbed communication between the musicians was thrilling to behold.”
Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung, January 2018
“Among experts, the Meccore String Quartet is reckoned the best Polish string quartet. [...] Across Europe there are extremely few quartets so young but who play at such a high level. Four stylists who left their 'Sturm und Drang' period behind and passionately explore the works they chose, displaying a delicate technical acuteness which, at the same time, leaves room for emotional emphasis.”
Ulrich Pfaffenberger, Süddeutsche Zeitung, December 2017
“The Polish quartet (…), among the most exciting ones of their generation, performed with fervour, excelled in fascinating contrasts, and displayed elaborate phrasing. […] The four stunning virtuosi created powerful suspense and dynamics, seizing the audience to follow with tangible concentration on a continuously high level. Bravos, cheers and stamping feet already after the first piece and before the intermission acclaimed a performance as much refreshing as musically convincing.”
Udo Watter, Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 2017
“Meccore quartet make a unique use of dynamics and phrasing. Their interpretations of Beethoven, Szymanowski and Sibelius are like holy fire pouring from the skies. The best Polish string quartet ever. The four have Beethoven’s music under their skins."
Lidy van der Spek, Algemeen Dagblad, November 2016
"They sound so magnetizing that you forget it’s a string quartet playing. Even the slightest nuance of the piece is gleaming."
Susanne Pütz, HR2 Kultur, August 2016
“Their playing is extremely refined. The four musicians open up a wide breadth of facets, convincing by subtle tints of dynamics and tone colours as well as by the utmost energy in their play. Szymanowski’s stiring quartets are flourishing in their hands.”
Guido Krawinkel, Klassik Heute, August 2016
"The slow movements [of both Szymanowski's Quartets] sound like the 1001 Arabian Nights – only without words. Complemented with Debussy’s masterly complex string quartet, shaped with wonderful sensuality and expression by four Polish compatriots of Szymanowski."
Applaus, May 2016
"On their way to the top"
Anna Mika, NEUE, August 2014
“Technical perfection is taking second place to the physical energy and spontaneity they bring to the music.”
David Denton, The Strad, November 2013
“To convince with classic core repertoire by a thoroughly prepared interpretation is a trademark of the Meccore String Quartet.”
Hans-Dieter Grünefeld, Ensemble, January 2014
"Chambermusic at the highest level, presented thrillingly and with zest"
Reinhard Palmer, Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2014
"Highly emotional instrumental art"
H.D. Mahlstedt, Weserkurier, June 2014
"This matinée turned out to be full of intensity, full of new and detailed perceptions, even from pieces one was sure to already know so well. With their interpretations the Meccores have given their collegues a hard time to impress. These four boys have to come back to Kissingen."
Thomas Ahnert, Mainpost, June 2014
"One of the best string quartets in Poland. Established by young people, who read each other's intentions as if they have been playing together ever since. Fantastic technical abilities, passion, beautiful sound."
Robert Kamyk, TVP KULTURA
“They possess a perfect command of form and charming lyricism. Still the musical emotions are based above all on their sound. Their articulation unveils unknown and underestimated qualities of music that we all know. It is worth listening to what MSQ musicians want to tell us.”
Adam Suprynowicz, MWM, October 2013
"Meccore Quartet not only plays classical music in a brillant way, but also performs modern music with great enthusiasm."
"The Meccore String Quartet has impressed me as an outstanding young ensemble."
"Their wonderful interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven will remain in my memories most intense and exciting."