From the notes: If we wish to get an insight into what our music-loving grandparents regarded as "the Classical style", we need look no further than these discs, representing the work of the modern world's first great Franco-Belgian string quartet ensemble. Here is the epitome of the wristy bowing, springy rhythm and gutty but delicate sound, with its restrained vibrato, which flourished in Brussels, Liège and Paris until the Second World War, when it began to give ground to the advance of the Russian school. By the time these precious records were made, even the Flonzaley Quartet had taken a Russian violinist to its bosom - but the essential lightness and clarity of the Franco-Belgian method survived…. The Flonzaley Quartet was a full-time group composed of four absolutely equal partners and its performances were immaculately groomed. written by Tully Potter
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Cello Masterworks is an eight-CD box set of previously released material recorded in the 1980s and 1990s, and presumably so familiar to his fans that the package doesn't even come with a booklet. It really is a no-frills affair, right down to the thin cardboard sleeves that repeat the same photograph on the box, instead of offering original cover art. But the greatest disappointment is that only three of J.S. Bach's Six Cello Suites were included, so listeners seeking them should forego this budget package and find the complete suites, which Ma recorded twice.