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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Anyone familiar with this set?
    One of the few I haven't heard or got, Itullian. Any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Anyone familiar with this set?
    I have this as part of an Ars Nova set of their complete recordings. I've only heard a couple of the early quartets, which are fine, but I'm not sure that this is essential unless you're a Beethoven quartet glutton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    ........but I'm not sure that this is essential unless you're a Beethoven quartet glutton.
    Youre talking to the wrong people then with me and Itullian. Hahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Youre talking to the wrong people then with me and Itullian. Hahaha.
    I'm no better - you'll note that whenever anyone asks about a set, I've usually heard it....

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    Found a review of this set online, not enthusiastic though...

    http://www.musicweb-international.co...tets_FR245.htm

    I'm nowhere near your levels of dedication/obsession, with my 21 complete sets plus odds and sods...

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    Thanks for the welcome, friend I would definitely make the effort to go! The Danish Quartet are doing a chronological performance of the quartets and Lincoln center this season; sadly, one cannot afford to go to every performance (obviously a huge cash cow for them so they really pushed the prices up), so I had to choose 1 (like picking a favorite child). But, I would trade my ticket in a heartbeat to see Tákacs perform op. 135! No shade to the Danish Quartet.

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    "Naxos-snob" Agreed. There are countless recordings on Naxos I cherish. Sad that people will try to gatekeep anything. I quite admire Naxos, if you disregard a recording simply because of the status of the label you're playing yourself, and missing out on some phenomenal music.

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    Naxos-snobbery used to be quite overt ("Oh Naxos, Id never buy ANYTHING from that label" - a comment I once heard whilst browsing CDs at a shop) however over the years its become much more covert (" Naxos are satisfactory recordings but if you want the first tier stuff it will always be on the big labels, like DG or Decca" - a comment made to me by someone selling CDs privately). I find label snobbery hilarious. A small minority of my most cherished recordings are from obscure labels and came from charity shops for pennies (eg. Handley's Planets on Tring).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    One of the few I haven't heard or got, Itullian. Any good?
    the set was released in 1957 as a part of the "book of the Month club program. My reference set is the Italian Quartet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartetfore View Post
    the set was released in 1957 as a part of the "book of the Month club program. My reference set is the Italian Quartet.
    I knew plenty about the Pascal set, just never heard it. One of the few sets I dont have. Last week I picked up the Philharmonia Quartet Berlin cycle but I haven't listened to it yet (I have a listening backlog).

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