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    I wonder if the OP even comes by here anymore...

    Regardless, we folk deliberate for posterity. I don't think anyone has nominated Schnittke's Second Quartet. That is one intense piece.

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    LvB Late, Schubert Late, Schumann, Brahms, Janacek, Shosty, Schnittke, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Krenek, Myaskovsky, Bartok, Messiaen, Ligeti, Berio, Ginastera, Dutilleux, Carter, Xenakis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicrom View Post
    A lot of great recommendations have been made already. I would definitely second the Reger as well as Shostakovich 8. May I also suggest Smetana's String Quartet No. 1?
    Yes, much of Reger's chamber seems heavy to me. I gave up on it.

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    I would suggest the Sibelius String Quartet and the Tchaikovsky String Quartets. Also string quartets by Borodin, Bruckner,
    Dohnanyi, Dvorak, Cesar Franck, Stenhammar.

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    Parts of Feldman's String Quartet 1 and String Quartet 2 can be dark and heavy at times.
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    Thanks to this thread, I picked up the Kronos Quartet disc of Bryce Dessner. Fantastic. When I'm not listening to metal, my tastes run Viennese classical. This is a nice mix of the two, in a way.

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    Haydn's Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor, 'Rider' - I'd say it's got an aggressive edge .

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    Despite his reputation for composing light music, Malcolm Arnold's String quartets sound pretty aggressive. I own a recording by the Maggini Quartet.
    Another interesting quartet is Pavel Haas's second "From the monkeys mountains", with percussions on the last movement. Check out the recording by the Pavel Haas quartet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaydnBearstheClock View Post
    Haydn's Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor, 'Rider' - I'd say it's got an aggressive edge .
    The galloping rhythm of the finale is pure old school metal, like Dio or Maiden.

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    Don't forget #3.

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    Penderecki's 1st quartet.

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    Gubaidulina quartets on Supraphon
    Bacewicz quartets on Naxos
    Norgard 7-10 on Decapo
    Krenek quartets on Capriccio
    Berg's Lyric Suite is one of the great 12 tone quartets
    Ligeti no 2 by Arditti Quartet
    Xenakis quartets

    These are not all aggressive all the time. I don't think that feature is attractive throughout a piece. But they are all fine modern works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebussyDoesDallas View Post
    Thanks to this thread, I picked up the Kronos Quartet disc of Bryce Dessner. Fantastic. When I'm not listening to metal, my tastes run Viennese classical. This is a nice mix of the two, in a way.
    Funny - my brother, who collects cover versions of songs, the stranger the better, asked me yesterday for a suggestion. I came up with this:


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    Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8, one of my all-time favorites.

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