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    Very much enjoying this set.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Very much enjoying this set.
    I very very very much enjoy this set

    If I was forced to have only one set I would not be too unhappy if this was it, very close to the best I have heard overall including sound considerations

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    Itullian what is your fav mono set of string quartets?

    I was listening & enjoying to Hungarians today, is this the gold standard or do you like another?
    Current boxset has very good mono sound.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Itullian what is your fav mono set of string quartets?

    I was listening & enjoying to Hungarians today, is this the gold standard or do you like another?
    Current boxset has very good mono sound.......

    Yes, that's the best one. It's very good.
    Followed by the Budapest.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I have recently acquired the Naxos Kodaly Quartet cycle of the quartets.
    Sound wise DDD, and performance wise, these compete very favorably with the best setts out there.
    Warm and expansive these are worthwhile collecting.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    The Wihan set is addicting. Been listening to it for 2 weeks now. Great set.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Yes, $I have heard some and liked it.
    But that set is hard to find.
    Itullian--those are the later CD series of Cleveland Quartet recordings, with a change or two in the Quartet's personnel. The CQ also recorded a full Beethoven cycle starting in the 70s or so, but they were ONLY released on RCA LPs. They were never reissued in any format that I've been able to determine. Same for other rep they recorded for Victor.

    As it turns out, my younger son Brian did his BS in Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory as a student of Donald Weilerstein, the Quartet's founding 1st Violin (and has continued some studies with him as an Artist Diploma student at Juilliard). Some years ago, we tracked down as many of the original Cleveland Q's RCA recordings that we could find, including the entire Beethoven cycle, and transferred them. Don had never heard the recordings himself, so we burned them all to CDs for him, and then made available the transfers to NEC students first, but now to anyone who wants them.

    If you go to this link on my Google Docs, you'll find folders for all the early Cleveland Quartet RCA LP transfers we made, including the Beethoven Cycle (subdivided into folders for the Early, Middle and Late Quartets).

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...mc?usp=sharing

    These zipped files are in mp3 (320 kbps) format, essentially untouched sonically except for declicking and some LP noise reduction applied.

    Anyone who might be interested, feel free. There's also Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Haydn, Dvorak, even some Ives!
    Bill H.

    [Post edit: After we did these transfers, a website popped up that is the Cleveland Quartet's official historical site--including links to stream their early LP releases, so they are now "available" by other means] www.clevelandquartet.com
    Last edited by Bill H.; Jun-24-2019 at 19:25.

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    This is the box I mentioned earlier. It's on telarc....11 used from $137.95, it says on amazon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill H. View Post
    If you go to this link on my Google Docs, you'll find folders for all the early Cleveland Quartet RCA LP transfers we made, including the Beethoven Cycle (subdivided into folders for the Early, Middle and Late Quartets).

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...mc?usp=sharing

    These zipped files are in mp3 (320 kbps) format, essentially untouched sonically except for declicking and some LP noise reduction applied.

    Anyone who might be interested, feel free. There's also Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Haydn, Dvorak, even some Ives!
    Bill H.
    Many thanks for this! I downloaded the Beethoven, and from listening to just a few tracks these seem to be very nice transfers.


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    An update :
    I recently purchased the Alban Berg's live cycle on EMI, awesome.
    Also the Alexander Quartet's first cycle. It was only $15 so I couldn't resist.
    Also the Amadeus' cycle on DGG,
    Also the Kodaly cycle on Naxos.
    Enjoying them all.
    Last edited by Itullian; Jul-18-2019 at 21:15.
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    ^I always see two Kodály Quartet discs of Beethoven at the local record shop. One of them is No.13 (B-flat) and the Große Fuge, the other is No.12 (E-flat) and No.14 (C-sharp minor). Tell me which one you like better and I'll go down to the store and buy it right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    ^I always see two Kodály Quartet discs of Beethoven at the local record shop. One of them is No.13 (B-flat) and the Große Fuge, the other is No.12 (E-flat) and No.14 (C-sharp minor). Tell me which one you like better and I'll go down to the store and buy it right now
    Buy both. You wont be disappointed, FLMCS. Btw, Itullian, i just picked up the Goldner, Kodaly and Vanbrugh sets. The Vanbrugh is very good but lacks finesse when needed, the Kodaly is thoughtful and a little too comfortable and polished. The Goldner I like a lot but I've hardly listened to much of it up to now.
    Last edited by Merl; Jul-18-2019 at 23:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    ^I always see two Kodály Quartet discs of Beethoven at the local record shop. One of them is No.13 (B-flat) and the Große Fuge, the other is No.12 (E-flat) and No.14 (C-sharp minor). Tell me which one you like better and I'll go down to the store and buy it right now
    It's a coin flip so flip a coin.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I have the previously mentioned Colorado Quartet cucle and it is ok. Nice to play through my speakers but I don't always like it with headphones. I do have the Yale Quartet for the late quartets from a box download and they are 100% better.

    Thank you to the above poster for the Cleveland Quartet download. I have listened to the early quartets and find them quite good indeed. A keeper so far, so I hope it is legal!
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    I have the previously mentioned Colorado Quartet cucle and it is ok. Nice to play through my speakers but I don't always like it with headphones. I do have the Yale Quartet for the late quartets from a box download and they are 100% better.

    Thank you to the above poster for the Cleveland Quartet download. I have listened to the early quartets and find them quite good indeed. A keeper so far, so I hope it is legal!
    Its historic / out of print (never released on CD either). Its legal.

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