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Thread: Beethoven string quartets sets, How many do you own?

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    My collection:

    Alban Berg (first cycle, my first love of this works).
    Tokyo (RCA)
    Emerson
    Prazak (a great underrated cycle, superb sound too)
    Tákacs
    Vegh (mono)
    Suske
    Hungarian

    Late quartets:

    Italiano
    La salle
    Alban Berg (live)
    Yale
    Mosaiques (the only one in HIP, very interesting)
    Hagen
    Busch
    Melos

    Middle quartets by Juilliard
    Early quartets by Borodin

    I'm interested to buy Amadeus and Endellion cycles, but resisting to buy any more... by now.

    Being my favorite complete cycles : Alban Berg, Tákacs and Tokyo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    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.
    As I said on another thread I think it's a good, solid set. It's very well played, well recorded (if a bit on the dry side) and the Colorados can dig in deep when required. However, I think their middle quartets are not as strong as many others I have and their early ones don't touch the Turners and many others. I dig their later quartets the most and think they excel in these. There's just a little bit of fire missing across the board. Performances are gritty enough but they're not in the league of the Takacs for me, who can go from the swinging rhythms of the early set to the emotional weight of the middles and the precision of the late quartets and treat them as totally different beasts. But as I've also said, for $1 they're an absolute steal. To have this much good music for a dollar is great. BTW, if the Morris Beethoven Symphonies set is still available for a dollar grab that too. That's a steal as well.

    And no Itullian, I haven't got the Cypress set yet. Lol
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    Looks like the Morris is still available! I'm not familiar with this conductor at all, what should I expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Looks like the Morris is still available! I'm not familiar with this conductor at all, what should I expect?
    I reviewed it with this lot, below. flamencosketches. I was probably a little harsher on it than I should have been. It's a good set and well worth that dollar.

    Merl's Beethoven Symphony Cycle Reviews Pt4
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    The only thing dissuading me is that my hard drive is rapidly filling up. I'm debating a couple other Beethoven cycles (Immerseel, Gardiner, Chailly, Toscanini... so many out there...), and I'm not sure I'll have the space for this one on top if it all... Hmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    The only thing dissuading me is that my hard drive is rapidly filling up. I'm debating a couple other Beethoven cycles (Immerseel, Gardiner, Chailly, Toscanini... so many out there...), and I'm not sure I'll have the space for this one on top if it all... Hmm...
    Theres only one answer..... Buy a bigger HD.

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    Alban Berg Quartett
    Quartetto Italiano
    Takács Quartet
    Végh Quartet (stereo)

    Late Quartets:

    Busch Quartet

    I tend to lean towards the Alban Berg set as my favorite overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    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!!!!!
    I finally bit the bullet on this set, Itullian, and grabbed it so I can add it to my list. Now I'm skint but I have some new recordings to enjoy.

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