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    Just to say I am thoroughly enjoying the Beethoven Quartet's Beethoven Quartets (!). I got them as a super cheap download on Qobuz, and they are superb. True, the sound quality is not brilliant, stereo of course, but a bit boxy and cold, but the ear adapts pretty quickly. Slightly irritating that there are only tiny pauses between separate movements, maybe that's just a download issue? A bit more of a pause and a breather would be nice.

    But these are special renditions. It may sound daft, but they seem to play with a knowing authority, there are no unsettling interpretative point-making moments, and rather like the Talich set on Calliope, they sound as if they are playing for themselves, we are merely eavesdropping.

    Only the sound quality is indifferent, absolutely nothing else!
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    New release, highly recommended

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    Highly annoyingly, all Melodiya downloads have suddenly disappeared from Qobuz.

    The Beethoven Quartet's Beethoven Quartets (ha, love typing that!!) as well as some older opera recordings, Igor Zhukov's Scriabin, the Borodin Shostakovich, and the Kondrashin Shostakovich may never be available again????!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Highly annoyingly, all Melodiya downloads have suddenly disappeared from Qobuz.

    The Beethoven Quartet's Beethoven Quartets (ha, love typing that!!) as well as some older opera recordings, Igor Zhukov's Scriabin, the Borodin Shostakovich, and the Kondrashin Shostakovich may never be available again????!
    NOOO!!! I was going to download the Kondrashin Shostakovich cycle while it was cheap but I never got around to it. Terrible news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jokke View Post
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    New release, highly recommended
    I've been listening on Spotify today and what I've heard sounds superb and the recorded sound is fantastic (you'd never know thee are live - they must have muzzled and straight-jacketted the audiences). Really looking forward to hearing the rest of this in full over the weekend. The Razumovsky is beautiful. Quite a romantic approach in what I listened to but that's fine by me. Eagerly recommended up to now. Itullian, you need to hear this!
    Last edited by Merl; May-01-2020 at 21:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I've been listening on Spotify today and what I've heard sounds superb and the recorded sound is fantastic (you'd never know thee are live - they must have muzzled and straight-jacketted the audiences). Really looking forward to hearing the rest of this in full over the weekend. The Razumovsky is beautiful. Quite a romantic approach in what I listened to but that's fine by me. Eagerly recommended up to now. Itullian, you need to hear this!
    I know. I mentioned it sounded great.
    Doesn't come out until the 15th here.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    NOOO!!! I was going to download the Kondrashin Shostakovich cycle while it was cheap but I never got around to it. Terrible news.
    FS - it might be a temporary thing, so don't give up all hope.....

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    The Bridge sets (Early, Middle, and Late) can be found on eBay and Amazon for a range of prices, from cheap to ridiculous--ridiculous for sellers who ask more than Bridge sells them for. They're all in print, separately and as a complete set. But for some reason, the Early Quartets set is not as common. I've been listening to them, one quartet at a time, for the past couple of weeks and enjoy them a lot. Next I'm going to go through the Sony mono box, which I was lucky enough to find on eBay.

    The thing to be aware of, which was pointed out by an Amazon reviewer, is that Bridge filtered the heck out of the Library of Congress discs. I checked one track, using Audacity's Spectrum feature, and found there wasn't anything above about 5K Hz. Some noise treatment would be reasonable but that seems like far too much, particularly for fans of historic recordings who should be able to tolerate some extraneous noises.

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    While I'm waiting for the Ebene set to come out I picked up this set.
    You know me
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    While I'm waiting for the Ebene set to come out I picked up this set.
    You know me
    I love that set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I love that set.
    Good to know
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Highly annoyingly, all Melodiya downloads have suddenly disappeared from Qobuz.

    The Beethoven Quartet's Beethoven Quartets (ha, love typing that!!) as well as some older opera recordings, Igor Zhukov's Scriabin, the Borodin Shostakovich, and the Kondrashin Shostakovich may never be available again????!
    Yes, this was tragic! I actually left the Beethoven Quartet's Beethoven Quartets in my cart overnight and woke up to find them gone.

    I ended up going for the recent cycle by the Quartetto di Cremona as my second overall Beethoven quartet cycle. The Medici Quartet, my first, are fine, but I wanted more oomph—and the Cremona players deliver in spades. Really enjoying it so far.

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    Received this set yesterday. Fantastic set!!
    There are 4 volumes.
    Highly recommended!!
    Last edited by Itullian; May-13-2020 at 23:44.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Ordered !!!!!!!!!!!!
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Ordered !!!!!!!!!!!!
    I listened to Op. 59, no. 3 today. They make a very polished sound - but their approach may be a little too urbane for my taste. I'll sample more via Spotify before I decide whether I really need yet another set.

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