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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post

    My question is: Which string quartet ensemble performed the definitive Death And the Maiden? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    That 2nd mvt. Andante con moto is just so impossibly amazing!

    I think it is Borodin Quartet. In my opinion this one is better than Emerson String Quartet, which seems to be more "cold"...the recording by BQ is more "musical". The second movement by Emerson is fragile in interesting way, that somebody can appraise and I think they have better tempo in the 4th movement (faster), but on the whole is better Borodin Quartet.

    What do you think?

    Well, I am not big fan of Russian music (especially romantic), but I am passionate admirer of Russian interprets...

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    I've always like the Amadeus Quartet's recording of the DATM (it's also coupled with a superb reading of the "Trout" quintet with Emil Gilels on the keys). And yes, the Quintet in C is marvelous. And, since the discussion seems to have turned to chamber works in general, I'd like to mention the brilliance of the Bartòk quartets- truly one of the top 10 essential 20th century works.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    Death and the Maiden.... I love the third, it's sooo powerful!

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    In my opinion and for what I've heard, I will answer the Alban Berg Quartet.
    I love the piece and there are so wonderful interpretations.

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    Takacs Quartet.

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    I very much like the Takacs. Wonderful performance on the Verbier Festival this year.

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    is this a piece?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeGnim12333 View Post
    is this a piece?
    Fair question after 12 years
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    Death to the Maiden,

    Death of the Maiden,

    Death for the Maiden,

    ah....yes! Death And The Maiden! I finally got it right! I've requested to hear this wonderful work or talked about this work using the above, because sometimes I'm bad at remembering names of people and things

    One thing I do know is this Schubert masterpiece is one of the most powerful and remarkable works of the entire chamber music repertoire!

    I own a recording of the Death and The Maiden quartet performed by Melos Quartet. And, I've just listened to the 1st and 2nd mvt performed by the Lindsay Quartet.

    My question is: Which string quartet ensemble performed the definitive Death And the Maiden? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    That 2nd mvt. Andante con moto is just so impossibly amazing!

    This is indeed an amazing achievement in classical music. Along with the String Quintet, Fantasy for Violin (both aforementioned), Piano Trios (esp no. 2), Impromptus and the amazing Fantasia for Piano duet. The pinnacle of Mount Schubert may not be as broad as other peaks... but it is high!


    Renditions of SQ 14 that burn bright and achieve the great firey furnace:

    1. Quartet Italiano
    2. Alban Berg

    Versions that are like showering in luke warm water:

    1. Takacs
    2. Emerson
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    I too am a big fan of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, D.810.

    The versions I very much enjoy are by these string quartets:
    Amadeus
    Belcea
    Mandelring

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    Death to the Maiden,

    Death of the Maiden,

    Death for the Maiden,

    ah....yes! Death And The Maiden! I finally got it right! I've requested to hear this wonderful work or talked about this work using the above, because sometimes I'm bad at remembering names of people and things

    One thing I do know is this Schubert masterpiece is one of the most powerful and remarkable works of the entire chamber music repertoire!

    I own a recording of the Death and The Maiden quartet performed by Melos Quartet. And, I've just listened to the 1st and 2nd mvt performed by the Lindsay Quartet.

    My question is: Which string quartet ensemble performed the definitive Death And the Maiden? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    That 2nd mvt. Andante con moto is just so impossibly amazing!







    definitive version? no such thing. I have several recordings of the work, but right now like the takacs recording.(until the next great version comes around).

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    Recent ones that are really very good include the Pavel Haas Quartet and the Quatuor Van Kuijk. Check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    Recent ones that are really very good include the Pavel Haas Quartet and the Quatuor Van Kuijk. Check them out.
    Second that. Both recordings are amazing and very moving.
    Last edited by UniversalTuringMachine; Jul-05-2020 at 00:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerWaters View Post
    This is indeed an amazing achievement in classical music. Along with the String Quintet, Fantasy for Violin (both aforementioned), Piano Trios (esp no. 2), Impromptus and the amazing Fantasia for Piano duet. The pinnacle of Mount Schubert may not be as broad as other peaks... but it is high!


    Renditions of SQ 14 that burn bright and achieve the great firey furnace:

    1. Quartet Italiano
    2. Alban Berg

    Versions that are like showering in luke warm water:

    1. Takacs
    2. Emerson
    Why on earth like showering in luke warm water? Please explain! Those guys are some of my favorites! Anyway you can try the Cleveland Quartet

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    My favorite recordings of Schubert's Death and the Maiden String Quartet are by the Orlando Quartet on Philips, and the Alban Berg Quartet on EMI. Quarteto Italiano is excellent, too, & as expected, play the Andante con moto with an unusual depth and insight:

    --Orlando Quartet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDwT...0RE6BYQmYB27-E

    --Alban Berg Quartet, on EMI (although I wish the CD remasters had the warmth of the original LP, since the CD technology can make the performance sound a bit harsh at times; which has nothing to do with the players, as the ABQ made a beautiful sound in concert):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAVzHdkDb94
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oysZl5FsbI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8DMfAPPb8Y
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH0_S_rcnjg

    (& the ABQ live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otdayisyIiM)

    By the way, both Esoteric and Pentatone have recently remastered the Quarteto Italiano's Schubert SQs nos. 13 & 14 on Hybrid SACD, though the Esoteric recording is quite expensive (at $49). If you're interested in the Esoteric QI Schubert recording, it's probably best to buy it soon, as these recordings don't stay in print for long, and once OOP, the price usually skyrockets (into the $100s): https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/1...SAAEgISX_D_BwE. However, the Pentatone remasters are probably just as good, and the recording is much less expensive: https://www.amazon.com/Franz-Schuber...&s=music&sr=1-. Frustratingly, neither recording comes with Quarteto Italiano's excellent recording of Schubert's most profound String Quartet, No. 15, D. 887 (which in Esoteric's case is kind of a rip off, considering the high price).

    --Quarteto Italiano, on Philips:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfIHGCaaouI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWDpWGUcv0A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DpdsVGeUlA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4G_rgg1dao

    Among other excellent choices for this work, I'll also occasionally listen to the Chilingirian Quartet on Nimbus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzw1...Wf1Q7g&index=5, and Hagen Quartet on DG:

    --Hagen Quartet:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrhuSx4QrsE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT2DBfs0BJA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOsT2_8OsX0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX33ILOz6ZM

    On period instruments, both Chiaroscuro and Terpsycordes are worth hearing for their wilder HIP interpretations:

    --Chiaroscuro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lx5gNRQvOo

    --Terpsychordes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnOI9jiDs4g

    Historically, the Busch Quartet are well worthing hearing, too, from 1936: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uyZiiAmIkM

    (I'd also like to hear the Takacs Quartet, since I'm a big fan of their Haydn Op. 76 set on Decca, but haven't yet.)
    Last edited by Josquin13; Jul-05-2020 at 05:54.

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