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    Thanks for the reminder. I have been listening to several works since last night and this morning and I'll decide on a piece by tomorrow night so I can make a post.
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Squeezed in a few full performances today of the Grieg which were...

    Norwegian SQ - nice performance which captured the folksy rhythms well. Very enjoyable.
    Copenhagen - recorded back in the 60s this still sounds petty fresh. The first movement is particularly well-realised. Another very capable account.

    I still have the Hagens and the Chilingirians to try but I have them at home so I've gotta wait till I get home on Sunday to round these all up. It's been great listening to all these recordings. I love this SQ.

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    Finally got around to listening to a couple of recordings via Qobuz - I must say this quartet turned out to be a pleasant surprise, for some reason I expected something less inspired from Grieg. What he does do well is to mix in the folk elements without at anytime making the piece sound parochial.
    I listened to the Emerson and Engegard recordings and for me the Engegard seemed to have a bit more feel for the piece.
    A very nice quartet.

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    I enjoyed this quartet very much. Numerous listens over the week. Good choice!

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    I'm posting this now before I change my mind again. My only criteria for choosing the quartet no.1 by Szymanowski is that I think it's beautiful music with a modern sound which has great appeal for me as a listener. And I love the Schoenberg Quartet's recording on Chandos.

    Composed in 1917 for which Szymanowski was awarded a cash prize. The quartet's first public performance took place on March 7, 1924 by the Warsaw Philharmonic Quartet. It is notable for its "polytonal" third movement, which contains four key signatures in its written four parts: the first violin with 3 sharps, the second violin with 6 sharps, the viola with 3 flats, and the cello with no flats or sharps.





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    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Awesome! Szymanowski is a composer I’ve struggled a bit with, but I’ve started to appreciate his music a bit more lately with the two beautiful violin concerti and the haunting Stabat Mater.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

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    Also recommended is his chamber music for violin and piano which for me contains a depth and beauty that moves me as a listener. I have the set on Brilliant Classics.
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Regarding the Grieg SQ in G In G Minor, Op. 27: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this work and I can say that’s it now among my favorite SQs. I was busy over the past week so I only had time to listen three times to a single recording, the Guarneri Quartet.

    I found this an easy piece of music to listen to, but by no means lacking in substance and ideas. Throughout, I found the chords beautiful and evocative, the counterpoint tasteful, and the rhythms exciting. This music strikes me as pure Grieg, not at all derivative. For me, it takes its place easily alongside his works that I’ve listened to for years - the piano concerto, Holberg Site, Peer Gynt Suites, and Lyric Pieces. After listening to some more recordings on my streaming service, and benefiting from Merl’s and others’ comments, I think I will acquire this SQ on CD for my collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I'm posting this now before I change my mind again. My only criteria for choosing the quartet no.1 by Szymanowski is that I think it's beautiful music with a modern sound which has great appeal for me as a listener. And I love the Schoenberg Quartet's recording on Chandos.

    Composed in 1917 for which Szymanowski was awarded a cash prize. The quartet's first public performance took place on March 7, 1924 by the Warsaw Philharmonic Quartet. It is notable for its "polytonal" third movement, which contains four key signatures in its written four parts: the first violin with 3 sharps, the second violin with 6 sharps, the viola with 3 flats, and the cello with no flats or sharps.
    This is one of the great quartets of the early 20th century, and yes, the Schoenberg Quartet recording is fantastic. I've probably listened to it a few dozen times over the years. Great choice.
    Last edited by calvinpv; Jul-25-2020 at 17:35.

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    Just watch attaca quartet performing Haydn Op.74/1 in C.. live stream


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    Haven't heard this composition before. I'll start with this one. Streaming from Naxos.

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    Szymanowski SQ No. 1, Op. 37 - great choice! I don't know this work and have only heard anything by Szymanowski a few times on the radio, so I'm ready to discover a composer who is new to me. There aren't many recordings to choose from on my streaming service. I've chosen what seems to be the newest one available, a 2007 release on Chandos by the Schoenberg Quartet.

    Szymanowski SQ Album Cover.jpg

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    I ended up goi g out of town unexpectedly mid week so my plans for listening to the Greig were somewhat disrupted. I did get to listen several times and I love this work. I think my favorites were the Engegard and Emerson.
    I'm realizing that my answer to the "favorite recording" question is usually Bruno Walter.

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    I'll round my Grieg listening up later as I've just got back from my holiday. Great new choice too. I love the Szymanowski so I'll post my thoughts on that later and comment on the recordings I have.

    Edit:Here's my final thoughts on recordings of the Grieg quartet.

    Capable
    David Oistrakh SQ, Raphael, Kontra, Budapest (sorry I can't get past the sound - the same goes for their 1956 remake), Shanghai.

    Impressive
    Auryn
    Norwegian
    Copenhagen
    Sibelius
    Vertavo
    Bellus


    Excellent - well worth investing in
    Mork et al
    Poseidon
    Meccores
    Amphion
    Oslo
    Petersen
    Guarneri
    Chilingirian

    The Dog's B*llocks - all terrific performances

    These are all crackers and well worth the outlay.

    New Helsinki
    Engegard
    Emerson
    Hagen

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    My top choice

    Bridge SQ
    Everything about this recording is right. It's fleet of foot, incredibly well-played, brilliantly phrased, excellently recorded, propusive, gritty, strong, dark, lyrical and feels exactly right. I love it. I'd happily take one from the 'DB' list too but this one has everything I like about the others rolled into one amazing performance. Some may prefer others but give this a listen. It's a killer.

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    ....next up, Szymanowski.......
    Last edited by Merl; Jul-27-2020 at 20:43.

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