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    I have three quartets in mind, and I would appreciate your advice

    Quartet A: Only one recorded performance, not on YouTube, but it is on Spotify etc.

    Quartet B: For a quartet of viols and electronically modified. Only one recorded performance, it’s on YouTube, Spotify etc.

    Quartet C: Well known and many recordings.

    Quartet B is a recent discovery of mine, like yesterday, so we’d be exploring it together. Quartet A is something I know well and for me, though disorienting at first, really repaid repeated listening. Quartet C is by a well loved Classic FM style composer who doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but he has influenced one composer who does interest me.
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    I am not a member of Spotify. I use it but with ugly interruptions from advertisers so I try to avoid it when possible. I doubt I would listen more than once to a work that was only on Spotify. YouTube is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I am not a member of Spotify. I use it but with ugly interruptions from advertisers so I try to avoid it when possible. I doubt I would listen more than once to a work that was only on Spotify. YouTube is better.
    And how do you feel about a quartet which is for four string instruments but is not for two violins, a viola and a cello? And oh, the sound has some electronic modification.

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    It wouldn't trouble me at all. Sounds intriguing.

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    OK, a prize of a used COVID mask for the first person who can guess what it is.
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    Mandryka, B. probably wouldn’t be up my alley but I’m good with whatever you choose. It’s your pick!
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

    "Art is an attempt to transport into a limited quantity of matter, modeled by man, an image of the infinite beauty of the entire universe." - Simone Weil

    "Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret." - Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Oh I was possibly wrong, Quartet A does seem to be on YouTube after all.
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    Whatever you want. Your choice, M. I'll listen to anything. Whether I'll like it is another matter but knock yourself out..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Oh I was possibly wrong, Quartet A does seem to be on YouTube after all.
    But it turns out that youtube won't play gaplessly which in this case kills the music, which is a large playlist of short tracks. So we're left with B and C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    But it turns out that youtube won't play gaplessly which in this case kills the music, which is a large playlist of short tracks. So we're left with B and C.
    Is it tracks from an album in a playlist, or separate videos of a video performance? If it's tracks, they might work on YouTube Music, or they could be on another streaming service.

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    I've been really busy with the past few weeks but I managed to sneak in a moment to listen to the Italiano. I've never listened to this work before, but I really enjoyed it in spite of not really being in a Mozart mood.
    I'm realizing that my answer to the "favorite recording" question is usually Bruno Walter.

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    I also finally got around to listening to Quartetto Italiano’s recording. It’s a very stunning account of the work and they managed to bring out some details that had otherwise escaped my attention. I particularly liked the dynamics of the second movement and the phrasing of the last one. Very enjoyable!

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    I've made a decision about the next quartet -- Pascal Dusapin's Quartet VII, which has the nickname (for some completely inexplicable reason) Open Time.

    There's only one recording, by Arditti, it looks like this

    PD.jpg

    You'll find it on all the usual streaming platforms and on youtube starting from track 6 on this playlist

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...sFvcqzQu9eqsQM

    IMO youtube is a problem for it because it inserts a gap between each track -- which is not at all good.

    Naxos Music Library has the booklet -- which has an essay which is too difficult for me

    https://www.naxosmusiclibrary.com/sh...t-AECD1753.pdf


    Why have I chosen this quartet? The reason is this: I believe it is very accessible to those who are interested in the avant garde and those whose listening is more firmly entrenched in the older styles. In particular, it has a graspable structure: it is a nice old fashioned set of variations just like the Diabellies or the Goldbergs. And if you listen hard, there's even a tune.

    I hope that you will be able to access it -- access, and the fact that there's only one interpretation available, are my only two anxieties about choosing it. If we can overcome those things, I really expect many people will find it a rewarding piece of music to explore, to get to know.
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    I wasn't expecting that! It's a record I have. As you say, it is not too disturbing for those who don't like to venture into the extreme. I'll enjoy giving it some concentrated listening.

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    I've listened to Mozart's Dissonance by Alban Berg, the Emerson's, the Talich and the Esterhazy Quartet, the latter being a HIP performance. All were enjoyable. The ABQ was probably my favourite recording. Followed closely by the Emerson's. As has happened before, I've now started listening more closely to the other late quartets. Great stuff. Thanks again!

    I will start listening to the Pascal Dusapin this morning. Streaming on Naxos. Thanks

    Mandryka, can you reveal your other two competitors? B and C.

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