It was a pleasure to hear that the “old School” concept of beautiful, controlled sound and vitality of phrasing is alive and well in the playing of cellist Käthe Jarka. She played…with a clarity of musical and dramatic insight.
The Cape Cod Times
It (Beethoven “Ghost” Trio) had everything…Jarka produced a rich and focused tone..
Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald
Jarka’s tone is huge and passionate…and one hopes it is she who will return next and soon….
The Idaho Statesman
If there is a reason cellist Käthe Jarka and pianist Shirley Ireck are not ranked with the very best world-class artists in their respective fields, I’d like to know what it is. Not only was the chosen repertoire perfect for the occasion but the performers played with such conviction, as well as technique, that I for one was enthralled.
Brownville (NE) Gazette
While a member of the Shanghai Quartet:
For poetry, intelligence and musical sympathy, (the quartet) counts among the finest young foursomes of the day.
The New York Times
The Shanghai Quartet showed themselves to be of patrician cast from the first bars of their opening selection… This was eminently cultivated music-making…. Fine technical command… put at the service of balanced design.
While a guest cellist of the Peabody Trio:
Jarka proved a whiz, as adroit in difficult syncopated passages in Fauré’s d minor Trio, as in the long-breathed melodies of Schubert’s B flat Trio.
The Berkshire Eagle