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    Smile HAYDN complete string quartet cycle recordings showdown..............

    Aeolian vs Angeles vs Kodaly vs Buchberger vs Auryn vs Tatrai

    What say you as your/the preferred set of the complete Haydn string quartets?
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    I can't compare the various sets - but I have always been very happy with the complete Kodaly set on Naxos.
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    Seems like this was done recently. Anyway, of those listed the Tatrai is the only acceptable set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukko View Post
    Seems like this was done recently. Anyway, of those listed the Tatrai is the only acceptable set.
    An interesting opinion. You should really consider contacting those other quartets and letting them know that their efforts are unacceptable. Perhaps they might be moved to try again, and maybe even get it right this time. Hmmm?


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    I can't really comment on Buchberger or Tatrai as I haven't heard either of those sets.

    Auryn or Angeles would be my pick over Kodlay & Aeolian.

    Auryn if I had to choose, but I would easily be happy with the Angeles as well.

    I have read the Tatrai set is similar to the Angeles as far as playing and interpretation so the Tatrai set may be good as well. Buchberger I haven't read or heard anything about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    An interesting opinion. You should really consider contacting those other quartets and letting them know that their efforts are unacceptable. Perhaps they might be moved to try again, and maybe even get it right this time. Hmmm?
    I'm pretty sure the Angeles will be willing to do it again, long as they get payed. I have their set; no performance rises above 'central standard', removing the prime incentive for purchasing the set rather than individual CDs by other outfits. Aeolian and Auryn should probably wait awhile - develop new insights. Kodaly, I'll make no comment - they've hung it up, haven't they? Buchberger I'll admit I haven't heard.
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    I like Aeolian quite a bit. Although I haven't heard the rest, so a comparative opinion is non-existent.

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    My favourites are by
    Kodaly Quartet
    Angeles Quartet

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    Streaming both the Angeles, and Buchberger Quartets. I like the playing of both equally well. It's a matter of the recorded sound. With the Buchbergers there's more ambiance. The Angeles sounds more like close miking technique. But their tone is beautiful.
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    Just a note for those wanting Haydn’s complete string quartets but who are tight with a penny: Amazon has the VoxBox with all the quartets, played by the Fine Arts Quartet and the Dekany Quartet, for under ten bucks* (download). These are good performances, sound is fine, on modern (not period) instruments. As a bonus, the VoxBox has works often omitted from other sets, including the supposedly dubious Op. 3 set**.

    *It was 99 cents when I got it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Just a note for those wanting Haydn’s complete string quartets but who are tight with a penny: Amazon has the VoxBox with all the quartets, played by the Fine Arts Quartet and the Dekany Quartet, for under ten bucks* (download). These are good performances, sound is fine, on modern (not period) instruments. As a bonus, the VoxBox has works often omitted from other sets, including the supposedly dubious Op. 3 set**.

    *It was 99 cents when I got it!
    **Does anybody really think Hoffstetter could have written these? Trust me. No.

    Ater checking out all the preferences, with the exception of this one, the very last, I was ready to post the Vox Box as my top choice. Since you nailed it...........

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    I like a lot TATRAI quartet but they took thirty years to finish the integral. So their technical performances have evolved strongly we can hear that in the recordings
    One of their best = opus 76 ; one of their worst op 1,2,42,103.
    the recordings of their "good time" are simply the reference for me.
    Last edited by Over the Rainbow; Dec-22-2018 at 14:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Just a note for those wanting Haydn’s complete string quartets but who are tight with a penny: Amazon has the VoxBox with all the quartets, played by the Fine Arts Quartet and the Dekany Quartet, for under ten bucks* (download). These are good performances, sound is fine, on modern (not period) instruments. As a bonus, the VoxBox has works often omitted from other sets, including the supposedly dubious Op. 3 set**.

    *It was 99 cents when I got it!
    **Does anybody really think Hoffstetter could have written these? Trust me. No.

    https://www.classicselect.com/collec...nt=35004647110

    $.99

    My only choice.

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