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    Question What are your favorite "Death and the Maiden" string quartet recordings?

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    I have it on cd with the Cleveland quartet, which made me also buy their Beethoven box. Recently I got the Leipziger quartett box too. It's in my car and I have gotten to cd 5. Those 2 versions are my favorite

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    I have the 1959 recording, digitally remastered in 1997, of "Death and the Maiden" by the Amadeus Quartet, and I like it very well. It is paired with the Trout Quintet.

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    Among historic recordings, the Busch Quartet. In modern sound, the Petersen Quartet on Capriccio. I'm generally not a big fan of the Emerson Quartet, but their style suits the late Schubert quartets very well.

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    Faves of mine include Quartetto Italiano and Alban Berg Quartet 1994.
    Have heard the 50s Koeckert recording on DG is excellent, but to my knowledge never on CD.
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    These three for me. Performance-wise the Hagen's edge it but The Takacs recording has to be one of the best recorded string quartet discs ever produced and it's a performance of real power and precision. I love the feel of the Pavel Haas disc. It's a belter too. I rarely look past any of those 3 discs but there are many other very impressive performances too (Emerson, Belcea, Italiano, Amadeus, Julliard, Mosaiques, Alban Berg, etc). I'm not a fan of many historic recordings, though (barring the Busch which is a great recording even if it is mono) . There are so many brilliantly played and recorded accounts of this repertoire that sound quality must come into this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    These three for me. Performance-wise the Hagen's edge it but The Takacs recording has to be one of the best recorded string quartet discs ever produced and it's a performance of real power and precision.
    I have the Takacs and Hagen, too. They're both solid performances, and each comes with a different additional piece (Schubert's Rosamunde v. Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 135, the last piece he composed, adding to the death theme). Takacs is 4 minutes quicker, but to me doesn't feel rushed. They're both so solid performances that it's difficult for me to give the edge to one over the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyIII View Post
    I have the 1959 recording, digitally remastered in 1997, of "Death and the Maiden" by the Amadeus Quartet, and I like it very well. It is paired with the Trout Quintet.
    This one is really good IMO. With Gilels on piano in the Trout, which is definitely my favorite recording of that work.

    My other favorite is Quartetto Italiano, though the Juilliard SQ one is good too.

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    As regards historical performances, the Hollywood String Quartet struck me as good and interesting in this work.

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    Amadeus and Quartetto Italiano. But it's such a great piece of music, and there are so many great string quartets about, that it would be hard nowadays to find a poor version.
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    First one I ever heard, and had on LP, now on CD, was the Quartetto Italiano. Never been bettered as far as I am concerned (although the Lindsay's are pretty overpowering, and that old Busch recording is also something special)

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    The 1983 Amadeus Q version is my one and only and suits me fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeolianStrains View Post
    I have the Takacs and Hagen, too. They're both solid performances, and each comes with a different additional piece (Schubert's Rosamunde v. Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 135, the last piece he composed, adding to the death theme). Takacs is 4 minutes quicker, but to me doesn't feel rushed. They're both so solid performances that it's difficult for me to give the edge to one over the other.
    The Hagen recording is also available with a different coupling, a very good Trout Quintet:

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