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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Jerusalem
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    Has this been commercially released?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Has this been commercially released?
    Whoops..... Only got first 6. Apologies, I didn't check properly. Edited my post.
    Last edited by Merl; Apr-06-2019 at 11:22.

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    Here we go, in no particular order...

    Amadeus Quartet
    Vegh Quartet mono
    Vegh Quartet stereo
    Talich Quartet
    Quartetto Italiano
    Alban Berg Quartet
    Kodaly Quartet
    Leipzig Quartet
    Gewandhaus Quartet
    Suske Quartet
    Endellion Quartet
    Lindsay Quartet
    Belcea Quartet
    Takacs Quartet
    Medici Quartet
    Bartok Quartet
    Hungarian Quartet (60s)
    Hungarian Quartet (1953)
    Budapest Quartet (1952)
    Tokyo Quartet

    Alban Berg Quartet (live) E only
    Vlach Quartet E only
    Busch Quartet L only
    Yale Quartet L only
    Smetana Quartet L only

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    Own only one. Endellion String Quartet and love it

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    I recently received the Cypress Quartet's Beethoven cycle.
    It is magnificent and has right to my top 3 recordings of these works.
    Sound AND performance.
    I stake my Beethoven quartet rep on this
    Get them!!!!!
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Just downloaded this one:

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    It's really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Just downloaded this one:

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    It's really good.
    jmho, I didn't really like it.
    I have the cd's.
    The recordings are uneven and I felt the violin was recorded too close.
    Plus , I don't think the playing is of the first rank.
    There are many better ones available.
    Great deal for a dollar upload though!
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Fair enough! I haven't heard all of them yet, but the ones I have heard are in very clear, good sound. I like the close micing for the most part. As for the playing, it's a little dry compared to my usual favorite, Italiano. But not bad at all for the most part.

    Note that I am still new to the quartets in general, so probably best not to trust my judgment on any of this

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    As an alternative to some of the classic recordings mentioned (my favorites are Takacs and Emerson), I'd recommend the Auryn Quartet on the Tacet label for the distinctive and impressive recorded sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    jmho, I didn't really like it.
    I have the cd's.
    The recordings are uneven and I felt the violin was recorded too close.
    Plus , I don't think the playing is of the first rank.
    There are many better ones available.
    Sir, I deeply regret having to inform you that our opinions are at variance!


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    I can't resist another cycle. Samples sounded excellent.
    Last volume is due later this year.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Found another couple of sets so added them to my list. Hey, Itullian, that new Arianna ^ set sounds interesting.

    Complete Sets:
    Colorado
    Amadeus
    Lindsays
    Quartetto Italiano
    Di Cremona
    Emerson
    Vegh 1
    Vegh 2
    Alban Berg
    Elias
    Belcea
    Medici
    Tokyo
    Julliard
    Artemis
    Budapest
    Endellion
    Takacs
    Cleveland
    Artemis
    Gewandhaus Leipzig
    Alexander
    Guarneri
    Talich
    Borodin
    Melos
    Prazak
    Barylli
    Auryn

    Part sets
    Jerusalem (early qrtts)
    Fitzwilliam
    Casals (only missing a few)
    Quatuor Mosaiques (no middles)
    Quatuor Voce
    Hagen (various)
    Hollywood (late)
    Turner (early)
    Fine Arts (late)
    Yale (late)

    I have other partials too but my HD needs a drastic reorganise and I haven't checked all my mp3s for lossy sets yet so probably a few more on there. I'll update later when I've checked.
    Last edited by Merl; Apr-15-2019 at 20:36.

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    ............ Quite nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Found another couple of sets so added them to my list. Hey, Itullian, that new Arianna ^ set sounds interesting.

    Complete Sets:
    Colorado
    Amadeus
    Lindsays
    Quartetto Italiano
    Di Cremona
    Emerson
    Vegh 1
    Vegh 2
    Alban Berg
    Elias
    Belcea
    Medici
    Tokyo
    Julliard
    Artemis
    Budapest
    Endellion
    Takacs
    Cleveland
    Artemis
    Gewandhaus Leipzig
    Alexander
    Guarneri
    Talich
    Borodin
    Melos
    Prazak
    Barylli
    Auryn

    Part sets
    Jerusalem (early qrtts)
    Fitzwilliam
    Casals (only missing a few)
    Quatuor Mosaiques (no middles)
    Quatuor Voce
    Hagen (various)
    Hollywood (late)
    Turner (early)
    Fine Arts (late)
    Yale (late)

    I have other partials too but my HD needs a drastic reorganise and I haven't checked all my mp3s for lossy sets yet so probably a few more on there. I'll update later when I've checked.
    What? No Cypress? Check it out
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    What do you think of the Colorado, Merl? I got the dirt cheap digital download and it's the one I've been listening to lately.

    I say it's quite nice but has its faults.

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