Classical music: The year’s best discs

The Denver Post
By Kyle MacMillan - Denver Post Fine Arts Critic

"Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol. 1," Cypress String Quartet (Cypress String Quartet). One of the joys of today's chamber-music scene is the regular emergence of exciting young string quartets, such as this fine San Franciscobased ensemble formed in 1996.

It has daringly ventured into some of the most challenging quartet repertoire with this self-produced effort, offering direct, incisive interpretations of these two culminating masterpieces by the essential composer in this form.