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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie Burgess View Post
    Amazon has a copy for $ 143.
    Thanks, I think I'll wait
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Well, folks, I am at it again.
    Adding another cycle to my collection.
    I sent for the first 3 volumes of the Kodaly cycle
    on Naxos and
    liked it well enough to get the set.
    I have the Kodaly's Haydn set and loved it so I gave these a try.

    Excellent playing here by the Kodaly.
    A slightly reverberant acoustic and the instruments sound great.
    The Kodaly use tempos a bit slower than most, but not overly so.
    Another set to love and cherish.

    oh, I forgot. Saw the Budapest set for 16 dollars so I couldn't resist getting it.

    Last edited by Itullian; Jun-04-2019 at 17:20.
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    i received from Presto today the next 2 volumes of the Wihan set.
    i already have the first volume.
    These are energetic, live performances recorded well.


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    i also received via ebay the Alexander Quartet's cycle on Foghorn.
    Thank you to wkasimer for the heads up on this purchase.
    I'll listen after the Wihan set.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    i also received via ebay the Alexander Quartet's cycle on Foghorn.
    Thank you to wkasimer for the heads up on this purchase.
    I'll listen after the Wihan set.

    It's a good one.

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    Been listening to this set.
    Excellent
    Last edited by Itullian; Jun-06-2019 at 06:24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    i also received via ebay the Alexander Quartet's cycle on Foghorn.
    Thank you to wkasimer for the heads up on this purchase.
    I'll listen after the Wihan set.

    Am I the only one who likes the Alexander Quartet's second cycle?:
    It's a good one.
    Been listening to this set.
    Excellent
    Of those you mentioned the Italianos were my first set and a true benchmark of great sets. Vegh, Takacs, Alban Berg, Suske and Cypress are also terrific. I quite like the Talich (that violin is OK to me, lol) and Alexanders 2 is a big improvement on 1
    No, I really like the Alexanders too. Much better than their first set.
    Add me to the true believer list, this was not even on my radar before but found cheap used copy and I am delighted with results, lively animated performance in excellent sound. this goes right up near top of the list now (if not the top)

    Great heads up by WK & Merl.....
    Last edited by DarkAngel; Jun-11-2019 at 13:07.

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    The second recordings of the Beethoven string quartets are also on CD available but perhaps not so easy to find.It is the favorable one by the critics.

    If you like the Alban Berg Quartet as I do, this second "live" recording is definitely worth considering
    The sound is more than excellent.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourdon View Post
    The second recordings of the Beethoven string quartets are also on CD available but perhaps not so easy to find.It is the favorable one by the critics.

    If you like the Alban Berg Quartet as I do, this second "live" recording is definitely worth considering
    The sound is more than excellent.
    I prefer this second live set to the earlier studio set.

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    I've been playing the middle quartets from this set all week. Another decent set. Although it's not in the league of the Alexanders, etc these are decent recordings. Well-played and nicely balanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourdon View Post
    If you like the Alban Berg Quartet as I do, this second "live" recording is definitely worth considering. The sound is more than excellent.
    The ABQ playing the Beethoven cycle live can also be had as videos on DVDs. These used to be cheaper than the CDs, but no longer it seems.
    Last edited by KenOC; Jun-11-2019 at 16:21.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I've been playing the middle quartets from this set all week. Another decent set. Although it's not in the league of the Alexanders, etc these are decent recordings. Well-played and nicely balanced.

    120820787.jpg
    I have that set and like it a lot.
    It's much smoothr than Alexander but I can turn up and it sounds great.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Itullian has inspired me to revisit these works, the Leipzigs have "sturm und drang" with sharp accents and lots of drama, great modern sound.......Alexanders above have almost as much energy but perhaps better focused using more nuanced imagination at times
    Last edited by DarkAngel; Jun-11-2019 at 19:22.

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    Last edited by Itullian; Jun-11-2019 at 19:38.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The ABQ playing the Beethoven cycle live can also be had as videos on DVDs. These used to be cheaper than the CDs, but no longer it seems.
    I have the DVD's as well.

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