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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Here I go again.
    Another one to the hoard.
    On my computer screen, I can't read the name of the group (red lettering on black).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    On my computer screen, I can't read the name of the group (red lettering on black).
    Philharmonia Quartett Berlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Here I go again.
    Another one to the hoard.
    Did you actually buy this set? Some of it is available on streaming services, but annoyingly, selected movements are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Did you actually buy this set? Some of it is available on streaming services, but annoyingly, selected movements are not.
    Yup, I'm a cd guy.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I can't believe I finally found this!!!
    Been looking for a year!
    Shipped all the way from Italy!
    Arrived today. I've been holding my breath for a month.
    Guess what I'll be doing today?

    Listening to the first 3 quartets.
    Awesome! Beautiful gorgeous sound.
    I'm thrilled
    I didn't realize it was live, sounds great with some applause after each work
    Last edited by Itullian; May-29-2020 at 18:58.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jokke View Post
    Also available on Tidal (although in two volumes?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Well my friends. I think it's about time I updated my ridiculous list of the Beethoven string quartets.
    I listen to different sets every day.
    Ridiculous? Yes. But I'm happy.

    Alban Berg both sets
    Alexander both sets
    Amadeus
    Artemis
    Auryn
    Belcea
    Borodin
    Budapest both
    Casals
    Cleveland
    Colorado
    Cremona
    Cypress
    Ebene
    Elias
    Emerson
    Endellion
    Gabrieli / Aeolian
    Gewandhaus
    Guarneri both
    Hungarian mono
    Italiano
    Juilliard both
    Kodaly
    Kuss
    Leipzig
    Lindsays analog
    Medici
    Melos
    Miro
    Prazak
    Smetana
    Suske
    Takacs
    Tokyo RCA
    Vanbrugh
    Vegh stereo
    Wihan

    That's my current line up.
    Hope you enjoy the madnees.
    Questions or comments?
    Since my last post i have added a few sets to my hoard.

    The Tokyo Harmonia Mundi set
    The Philharmonia Quartet Berlin
    The Goldner String Quartet
    The Talich Quartet

    Very fine sets, but i think Goldner takes the cake

    I'll try and rank the bunch if my brain can take it.
    But it will be tough!
    Last edited by Itullian; Jun-11-2020 at 00:36.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Since my last post i have added a few sets to my hoard.

    The Tokyo Harmonia Mundi set
    The Philharmonia Quartet Berlin
    The Goldner String Quartet
    The Talich Quartet

    Very fine sets, but i think Goldner takes the cake

    I'll try and rank the bunch if my brain can take it.
    But it will be tough!
    I gave up trying to rank them years ago. I change my mind too often in the SQs. I do have some sets I return to more than others but I've still got 3 sets to go through (Ebene, Kuss and Leipzig).

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    My mind changes too often in any of the big repertoire to have a clear no. 1 "favorite," string quartets included. Maybe especially quartets. And the Beethoven Quartets are big, big pieces, with extraordinary depth and complexity. Therefore, it really is impossible in this repertoire for one recording to ever have all of the answers.

    In fact, not that I've heard them all, but I speculate that all of the recordings there are of Beethoven String Quartets collectively will still not tell you everything there is to know about that music. Music is the closest thing we have to a sensory expression of the infinite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    My mind changes too often in any of the big repertoire to have a clear no. 1 "favorite," string quartets included. Maybe especially quartets. And the Beethoven Quartets are big, big pieces, with extraordinary depth and complexity. Therefore, it really is impossible in this repertoire for one recording to ever have all of the answers.

    In fact, not that I've heard them all, but I speculate that all of the recordings there are of Beethoven String Quartets collectively will still not tell you everything there is to know about that music. Music is the closest thing we have to a sensory expression of the infinite.
    i agree, that's why i have so many
    i would just try to describe the sound and the general approach.
    Everyone has their own preferences.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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