Critical Reviews of Concerts and Recordings

 

"Rutledge has rightly been praised for her beautiful tone.  This is evident from the get-go with a stirring open C inaugurating Bridge's 'Pensiero'...Early on then, Rutledge makes the case for the versatility of the viola and we settle in our comfy church seats knowing we are in capable hands...she and her instrument strike a welcome note of calm and we leave feeling better armed to face the rest of the day."

Ella Moran-Jones for BroadwayBaby.com

 

 

“Christine Rutledge was most impressive -- for the large tone she produced and the command that she brought to her many solo passages.”  Robert Rhein, South Bend Tribune

“Violist Christine Rutledge seemed to capture perfectly the work’s [Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano] understated, veiled quality...Most impressive was the rich tone achieved in the romantic,ala Ralph Vaughan-Williams, last section.” 

Matthew Steel, Kalamazoo Gazette

 

With the Notre Dame String Trio

“A courageously enterprising and impressively well-played program...All three players, viola especially, projected sumptuously.” 

Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review

 

“...excellent rhythmic articulation, spot-on intonation and superior tonal blend (especially due to the plangent viola of Christine Rutledge)...”  

The Strad

 

“Sunday’s performance was brilliant.” 

Matthew Steel, Kalamazoo Gazette

 

For the CD “Chamber Works of David Diamond for Strings and Piano”

“...these are thrilling and deeply satisfying performances -- captured in crystal-clear sound -- that leave no margin for error or improvement.  An essential contribution to the American chamber-music discography.”  Paul A. Snook, Fanfare

“I can’t say enough about the high level of these performances...The rhythmic acuity and dead-on intonation of each of the string-players are nothing short of brilliant.” 

Craig Zeichner, Fanfare

 

“The recording is as full of spit and vinegar as the playing; it fairly leaps out of the speakers.  Bravo to all concerned!” 

Lehman, American Record Guide

 

For the CD “Hindemith String Trios”

“The individual players match reliable intonation with smooth tone production, and their ensemble blend is marvelous.  Warm, intimate sound adds a final touch...this Centaur disc is highly recommended.” 

 Fanfare

 

“The Notre Dame Trio...sounds as if they really enjoy playing Hindemith...you will not be disappointed...”

“Christine Rutledge was most impressive -- for the large tone she produced and the command that she brought to her many solo passages.” 

Robert Rhein, South Bend Tribune

 

“Violist Christine Rutledge seemed to capture perfectly the work’s [Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano] understated, veiled quality...Most impressive was the rich tone achieved in the romantic,ala Ralph Vaughan-Williams, last section.” 

Matthew Steel, Kalamazoo Gazette

 

With the Notre Dame String Trio

“A courageously enterprising and impressively well-played program...All three players, viola especially, projected sumptuously.”  Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review

 

“...excellent rhythmic articulation, spot-on intonation and superior tonal blend (especially due to the plangent viola of Christine Rutledge)...”  The Strad

 

“Sunday’s performance was brilliant.” 

Matthew Steel, Kalamazoo Gazette

 

For the CD “Chamber Works of David Diamond for Strings and Piano”

“...these are thrilling and deeply satisfying performances -- captured in crystal-clear sound -- that leave no margin for error or improvement.  An essential contribution to the American chamber-music discography.” 

Paul A. Snook, Fanfare

 

“I can’t say enough about the high level of these performances...The rhythmic acuity and dead-on intonation of each of the string-players are nothing short of brilliant.”  Craig Zeichner, Fanfare

“The recording is as full of spit and vinegar as the playing; it fairly leaps out of the speakers.  Bravo to all concerned!”  Lehman, American Record Guide

 

For the CD “Hindemith String Trios”

“The individual players match reliable intonation with smooth tone production, and their ensemble blend is marvelous.  Warm, intimate sound adds a final touch...this Centaur disc is highly recommended.”  

Fanfare

 

“The Notre Dame Trio...sounds as if they really enjoy playing Hindemith...you will not be disappointed...”

Tully Potter, The Strad

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