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    Default 10 greatest string quartets (ensembles)

    http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/featu...tring-quartets

    What do you think?
    Are your favorites here? What other quartet ensembles would you add to this list? What other recordings?

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    I would add Guarneri, Emerson and Julliard quartets.

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    I'd certainly agree with:

    Quartetto Italiano
    Talich Quartet
    Alban Berg Quartett
    Kronos Quartet
    Takács Quartet
    Pavel Haas Quartet

    I'd have to admit to not having heard any of the Busch Quartet's recordings, and although I may have heard some of the Quatuor Ébène's recordings on Spotify, I can't remember much about them.

    I haven't really liked what I've heard by the Hagen Quartet all that much, and I have found the Quatuor Mosaïques' Haydn quite difficult to appreciate (my problem rather than their fault, I suspect)


    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    I would add Guarneri, Emerson and Julliard quartets.
    I agree, these three would also be there or thereabouts.

    Some of my favourites are:

    Arditti Quartet (much modern and contemporary repertoire, including Birtwhistle, Carter, Dillon, Manoury)
    LaSalle Quartet (Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Zemlinsky, Penderecki, Lutoslawski)
    Tokyo Quartet (Beethoven, a miraculous analogue Bartok cycle)
    Leipzig Quartet (Mozart, Schumann)
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Villa Lobos, Ginastera, Revueltos)
    Maggini Quartet (Britten, Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Arnold, Rawsthorne and other British composers)
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    In the list, I particularly like Kronos and Mosaïques. An important omission is Arditti Quartet, I think.
    Taneyev Quartet's recordings of Taneyev & Myaskovsky are wonderful.
    For contemporary string quartets, I like Jack Quartet and Bozzini Quartet.

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    From the list I've never heard the last theee (Mosaique, Ebene, and Pavel Haas)

    But it is true that there's a lot of important omissions: I agree with Arditti, La salle, Tokyo, and Cuarteto latinoamericano as well. Never heard Leipzig, Maggini, Jack and Bozzini quartets.
    For the contemporary quartets I like a lot Doric string quartet (Korngold, Walton, Schumann)

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    No Emerson, Guarneri, Cuarteto Latinoamericano or Cleveland? Just goes to show the futility of ranking such a rich variety of groups to a 'top ten'. Can't be done.

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    I find it quite puzzling that there are no Russian quartet on this list, seems like a disqualification to me? The original Borodin Quartet and the Taneyev Quartet are both missing!
    Also, any such list should feature the Vegh Quartet and the old Budapest Quartet.

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    Where are the Arditti quartet?!

    The Jack Quartet are pretty good too...

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    Vegh, Smetana, Juilliard, Amadeus, Guarneri, Melos, Auryn, and Tokyo are all missing. I would take off Kronos, Hagen and Mosaiques.

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    What about The Lindsays?
    Their Haydn alone is worthy of a place in my top 10

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    Emerson String Quartet is one of the best. I have this recording, a superb performance.

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    The Kronos are extremely important for their attention to modern and contemporary music. I'm a huge fan of the Pavel Haas Quartet but I'm surprised by their inclusion on this list. I think Emerson and Tokyo are snubs for sure. Juilliard doesn't belong on this list and their omission is fine with me. Oops. In my humble opinion, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    For the contemporary quartets I like a lot Doric string quartet (Korngold, Walton, Schumann)
    I haven't heard Doric yet but have been interested in the Korngold album. I'm going to listen to it tonight.

    BTW, I found that Doric releases an album of Brett Dean's string quartets. (Download will be available on September 25 in US.) I enjoyed Dean's viola concerto and this looks interesting.

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    I simply can't take seriously a list that leaves out the Amadeus. Whoever compiled it is just ignorant.

    Of the comments above, I particularly agree with the Tokyo, Guarnieri, Julliard, Emerson, the Borodin and the Lindsays, all well represented in my concert-going and my recordings collection. I thought to myself, aha, I'll put (most of)these down, only to find that - as usual - I was beaten to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortkis View Post
    I haven't heard Doric yet but have been interested in the Korngold album. I'm going to listen to it tonight.

    BTW, I found that Doric releases an album of Brett Dean's string quartets. (Download will be available on September 25 in US.) I enjoyed Dean's viola concerto and this looks interesting.
    I don't know Dean's music, but the sampling sounds really fine.

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