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    I want to know who your favorite current string quartet is! I don't mean repertoire...I mean actual string quartet!

    My favorit is the Magellan String Quartet.
    First Violin: Ryan Kho
    Second Violin: Jonathan Aceto
    Viola: Carl Purdy
    Cello: Ruth Berry
    They are great
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    Hello Violinista and welcome to the forums!

    Depends as usual on the work.

    But for me such a great string quartet: The Borodin Quartet.

    Currently members:
    1st violin: Ruben Aharonian
    2nd violin: Andrei Abramenkov
    viola: Igor Naidin
    cello: Valentin Berlinsky

    Greetings,
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    The Kronos Quartet: Hank Dutt, Joan Jeanrenaud, David Harrington, John Sherba
    They can play absolutely anything, and their focus is on new music.
    "Wagner's music is better than it sounds."--Mark Twain

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    The Kronos Quartet:
    Hank Dutt, Joan Jeanrenaud, David Harrington, John Sherba
    They can play anything, but their focus is on new music.
    "Wagner's music is better than it sounds."--Mark Twain

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    For contemporary works: Alban Berg String Quartet
    For most other music: Emerson String Quartet (UNFORTUNATELY THEIR RECORDING ARE VERY PRICEY $$$!)

    Kronos String Quartet's recording of Schnittke's 3rd quartet is impeccable!

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    The Emerson String Quartet
    The Borodin String Quartet

    Two excellent quartets that have not yet been mentioned!

    P.S. Never mind, the Emerson was mentioned by linz. Oops. But they deserve to be mentioned twice!
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    Quartetto Italiano.

    One of the best SQ's ever. Packed up now. Excellent Beethoven SQ set. One of my best.



    Topaz

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    My favorites:
    Borodin
    Taneyev
    Shostakovich
    Melos (in the 70s.)
    Tokyo (the first)
    Prague
    Budapest (in the 40s)
    Koeckert
    Primrose (on the very few recordings they made)
    Vlach
    Smetana
    Janaceck
    Krasni
    Kreisler (on Kreisler's, the only one they made)
    Paganini
    Schneider (on complete Haydn)
    Fine Arts.
    Yale (on Beethoven)

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    Again this depends on repertoire, for me at least.
    My Beethoven Qts are a collection of various Qts, with many repeats, Lindsay, Emerson, Tokyo, Melos, and a lone Op 135 from the Juiliard which I picked up for about NZ$5 and is superb and the best 135 that I have.
    Brahms New Budapest
    Mozart Chilingirian
    Haydn for me just has to be Quatuor Mosaiques.
    And of course our own NZ St Qt with a Beethoven cycle.

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    Quartetto Italiano and also the Alban Berg quartets.

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    Quartetto Italiano. I have the complete Beethoven SQ's by them and it is the music I listen to the most often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oisfetz View Post
    My favorites:
    Borodin
    Taneyev
    Shostakovich
    Melos (in the 70s.)
    Tokyo (the first)
    Prague
    Budapest (in the 40s)
    Koeckert
    Primrose (on the very few recordings they made)
    Vlach
    Smetana
    Janaceck
    Krasni
    Kreisler (on Kreisler's, the only one they made)
    Paganini
    Schneider (on complete Haydn)
    Fine Arts.
    Yale (on Beethoven)
    What no Mosaiques or Talich???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Violinista View Post
    I want to know who your favorite current string quartet is! I don't mean repertoire...I mean actual string quartet!

    My favorit is the Magellan String Quartet.
    First Violin: Ryan Kho
    Second Violin: Jonathan Aceto
    Viola: Carl Purdy
    Cello: Ruth Berry
    They are great
    Hey I took a violin lesson from Ryan Kho and my teacher is a student of Ryan Kho. He coached a string quartet I was in too. Amazing person.

    I personally like the Emerson String Quartet

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    Ševčík-Lhatsky Quartet

    1st violin: Bohuslav Lhatsky
    2nd violin: Karel Procházka
    viola: Karel Moravec
    violoncello: Bohuslav Váska (until 1911), succeeded by Ladislav Zelenka (until 1914), and by Antonio Fingerland.
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    What little I've heard of the Hagen Quartett I quite like (Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Shostakovich). I actually prefer their recordings over what the Emerson Quartet has done (especially Shostakovich's 8th 4tet). What I can't get by the Hagen, I tend to go with the Emerson-- I always keep an eye out for them.

    And I like the Kronos Quartet as well, though sometimes I feel like some albums of theirs can be a bit hit-and-miss IMO.

    ~josh
    "There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.” ~ Claude Debussy

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