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    I'm sure it's not necessary for me to apologise again amongst such sympathetic company but, unavoidably, I have been unable to listen over the past 3 weeks for reasons I'll not trouble you with. I'm glad to be back and have already started catching up with the lovely Melos Quartet Ravel LP disc from 1979 (somewhere up-thread someone suggested 1997: perhaps that was a sort of numerical spoonerism?) I seem to have misplaced my Quartetto Italiano version and I rather think I also have a CD with that work. I'll go and look tomorrow. I'll try to audition the Ebene and Ysaye recordings too.

    I know the Crawford-Seeger quartet but have never really focused on it. I have a .flac file of it somewhere so I'll try to dig that out too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    It's so funny that you guys are trying to guess which Beethoven set it was I had to get rid off because of the intonation problems! To keep this thread from getting further derailed by that, I'll just tell you: it was the Lindsay String Quartet. I couldn't live with it.
    Nor could I!

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    ^Good points. I think it’s time for me to reassess the Emersons I’ve listened to some of their Bartók, their Ravel, their Beethoven, their Brahms, and my honest impression was always that of extreme harshness and little sensitivity. But you could definitely make the argument that the Italianos tend to play everything on the low-octane, “prettifying” side of things. I guess I just tend to prefer that to the Emersons’ more energetic approach. I think the Italiano approach works better in more streamlined, classical quartets like Mozart and Haydn; and the Emersons for more modern repertoire like Bartók and Shostakovich (hypothetical, haven’t heard any of their Shosty recordings if they even have any) that requires more muscle and momentum. Now you’ve piqued my interest again, and I’ll report back within the next couple days after I give the Emersons' Ravel a fair shot.
    Have you heard their "Webern - Complete works for string quartet" disc? It's a revelation. I heard it after acquiring virtually all of their classical repertoire recordings and could scarcely believe it was the same ensemble.

    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Weekly reminder - looks like next week’s choice goes to Simplicissimus. And also, because he seems to only pop in here periodically, I’m giving TurnaboutVox an advance notice two weeks out Current schedule:

    05/31-06/07: Simplicissimus
    06/07-06/14: TurnaboutVox
    06/14-06/21: calvinpv
    06/21-06/28: 20centrfuge
    06/28-07/05: Euler
    07/05-07/12: Iota
    07/12-07/19: DTut
    Sorry. Ordinarily I would be a regular on this thread, but circumstances have not been conducive to concentrated listening, or indeed any listening at all.

    I am mindful that it's my pick on Sunday 7th June (you did your best to confuse me by using the US notation of 6/7/20!) and I am actively considering what to pick. Until about 15 minutes ago I was considering the Hindemith #4, Op. 32 but it's back to the drawing board now! You may get something English as a result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    I am mindful that it's my pick on Sunday 7th June (you did your best to confuse me by using the US notation of 6/7/20!) and I am actively considering what to pick. Until about 15 minutes ago I was considering the Hindemith #4, Op. 32 but it's back to the drawing board now! You may get something English as a result.
    Sorry for any confusion! I totally forgot about the international date customs...why does the U.S always have to be so darned different? Anyway, I’ll make sure to check out that Italiano Webern recording; I’ve been enjoying Webern a lot lately.
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    My first listen to the Hindemith quartet was wonderful. The musical language is undeniably modernist, but with a highly respectful eye towards traditional forms. Lots of great contrapuntal writing going on. The Zehetmair Quartet played beautifully. I gather that Hindemith was strongly critical of modernist movements that aimed to abolish tradition, and his style seems uniquely distinct. I’m planning on hearing Mathis der Maler, Kammermusik, and the other chamber works throughout the week to familiarize myself further with his work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Sorry for any confusion! I totally forgot about the international date customs...why does the U.S always have to be so darned different? Anyway, I’ll make sure to check out that Italiano Webern recording; I’ve been enjoying Webern a lot lately.
    It's the Emerson Quartet disc of Webern that he's talking about, and I agree it's one of the best recordings they've made. It's an extraordinary album!

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    I’ve always considered Hindemith among my personal favorites. I love that he wrote counterpoint and seemed to carry the baton from Bach into the 20th century. (I keep hoping someone will carry that baton in the 21st century).

    I was unfamiliar with this piece. I’ve listened to Pacifica and Danish quartets. The Danish quartet performance is a more sensitive reading. It’s a lovely, sinewy piece that has the trademark Hindemith sound and craftsmanship. I’ve quite enjoyed it. Thank you for submitting this piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    It's the Emerson Quartet disc of Webern that he's talking about, and I agree it's one of the best recordings they've made. It's an extraordinary album!
    I do have the Emerson Webern disc and I agree that it's outstanding. But I was in fact referring to the 1970 Quartetto Italiano recording which was revelatory to me at the time I first heard it. My point being that that ensemble could sound fierce and spiky!

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