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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    All week ive returned to the Guarneri's first RCA cycle, a set id not played for years, and the middle quartets arent as good as the rest, but the early and late quartets are very strong (id even say the earlys are amongst the finest out there). Ive been pleasantly surprised at how good these performances are in hindsight. It's quite closely miked and analogue but very impressive and technically immaculate with drama and fun aplenty

    . What do others think about this about this late 60s set? If youve heard both of their cycles which one do you prefer? Your thoughts, Itullian?

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    I have always enjoyed the Guarneri's sets. Warm and detailed.
    I had it in the first 3 volume set and have recently bought the most recent set.

    I also have the Philips 3rd set.
    The 3rd set DDD is beautifully recorded.
    And available now in a brilliant box.
    Highly recommended if you like the Guarneri.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I have struck gold with this set. There are 3 volumes and after I heard the first I rounded up the other 2.
    Impeccably recorded and played.
    Last edited by Itullian; Mar-04-2020 at 23:17.
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    My lord they look like mid-90s ad executives.

    Btw., have any of you read Beethoven for a Later Age by Edward Dusinberre? Just got it and it looks very interesting, much more focused on the music than I anticipated.

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    Did you spend any more time with the Juilliard set, Itullian? I'm interested in that ensemble at that time. I think they were very forward thinking with their incisive ensemble playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Did you spend any more time with the Juilliard set, Itullian? I'm interested in that ensemble at that time. I think they were very forward thinking with their incisive ensemble playing.
    If you like the Juilliards there's no reason to hesitate. All the virtues you described are there. And the sound is good. Nice packaging as well.
    Last edited by Itullian; Mar-06-2020 at 21:01.
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    Jist as a heads-up, anyone know the Melodiya set done by the eponymous Beethoven Quartet? Just about to come out on CD. Expensive, as are all Melodiya issues, but I have found it as a download on Qobuz for the ridiculous price of £10.99! I'm snapping the download up asap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Jist as a heads-up, anyone know the Melodiya set done by the eponymous Beethoven Quartet? Just about to come out on CD. Expensive, as are all Melodiya issues, but I have found it as a download on Qobuz for the ridiculous price of £10.99! I'm snapping the download up asap!
    Let us know what you think, ok?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Let us know what you think, ok?
    As if I wouldn't!

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    Last edited by CnC Bartok; Mar-24-2020 at 20:45.

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    I liked the way the samples sounded so........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    I liked the way the samples sounded so........
    Gona give this a listen tomorrow. . Shocking cover, though.
    Last edited by Merl; Apr-06-2020 at 22:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Gona give this a listen tomorrow. . Shocking cover, though.
    Hate the cover, but will them give a listen.

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    Ordered
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    Arrived today!!!
    Excited to hear it
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    I've still not listened to it yet, Itullian and its all cued up on Spotify
    Let us know how it sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I've still not listened to it yet, Itullian and its all cued up on Spotify
    Let us know how it sounds.
    Been through 2 discs so far and it sounds great.
    The playing is great too. A lot of thought in these performances.
    No audience noise.
    They use vibrato/no vibrato to excellent effect.
    I love it!
    Nice packing. Clamshell box, cardboard colored sleeves, booklet.

    It's a set I will be listening to for the next week or so steady and return to often.
    Last edited by Itullian; Apr-24-2020 at 22:02.
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