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    I heard a snippet of Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 on "Endeavour" tonight. Does anyone have particular favorite recordings of it?

    I would strongly prefer it be available on either Presto Classical or HDTracks in CD quality or better.
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    Lindsay is very good

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    Amadeus, Italiano & Chilingirian are the ones I have. I think the Italiano is my favorite.

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    I lived happily with only ABQ for many years. Now I have Juilliard, which I don't like as much and Quartetto Italiano, which is nice alternative (and the only recording of the G Major I like).

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    I have Pavel Haas Quartet and love it.
    "Snobbery of any flavor...tastes terrible."

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    Amadeus Quartet /Pavel Haas Quartet/ Takács Quartet/ Belcea Quartet, in that order
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackAdderLXX View Post
    I have Pavel Haas Quartet and love it.
    I have this too. Can’t really remember it though. I owe it another listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    Lindsay is very good
    Another vote for Lindsay. They capture the mood swings.

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    The first Juilliard, and the Petersen Quartet:

    juilliard (2).jpgpetersen.jpg

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    Thanks everyone, for the recommendations. I am deciding between these two recordings on PResto.

    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...vol-2-schubert

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    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...and-the-maiden

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    The former obviously has more music for my twelve dollars. But the latter seems to have truly excellent sound.
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    Another vote for Italiano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    The first Juilliard, and the Petersen Quartet:

    juilliard (2).jpg
    Do you know if that is the same Juilliard version now on a Testament CD? Seems as though the RCA version never made it past LP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewWeflen View Post
    Thanks everyone, for the recommendations. I am deciding between these two recordings on PResto.

    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...vol-2-schubert

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    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...and-the-maiden

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    The former obviously has more music for my twelve dollars. But the latter seems to have truly excellent sound.
    I'd stay away from the Kopatchinskaya recording, which looks like one of those misguided efforts to mix music from different eras. The Schubert is actually an arrangement for string orchestra, and the four movements aren't consecutive on the recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    I'd stay away from the Kopatchinskaya recording, which looks like one of those misguided efforts to mix music from different eras. The Schubert is actually an arrangement for string orchestra, and the four movements aren't consecutive on the recording.
    I would be re-arranging them so that the movements were consecutive (I do all my listening on my DAP). I was going based on listening to the samples on the Presto website. If the Amadeus has good sound, then it is probably the preference, but it is from the 50s.

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    Seems like one has here some very sound recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    I'd stay away from the Kopatchinskaya recording, which looks like one of those misguided efforts to mix music from different eras. The Schubert is actually an arrangement for string orchestra, and the four movements aren't consecutive on the recording.
    Not necessarily misguided. More like one of my own listening sessions. And (in my opinion) this sort of thing works especially well with Der Tod Und Das Mädchen which has the expressive range (and, to my ears, the familiarity) to experiment a bit.

    Which is why (even before I read all of these posts) I intended to recommend the following:

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    Here the Schubert is coupled with (though not with alternating movements!) the great George Crumb quartet (where the adjective applies to both the composer and the work) Black Angels, which quotes from the Schubert work. If you're new to the Schubert, you're likely new to the Crumb work, too. Give it a try, in any case. The two works together reveal the power of the string quartet. Add in the later Beethoven quartets, the six Bartok works and a couple of Shostakovich's quartets, the Debussy and Ravel works, a late Haydn or two … and you have yourself a remarkable document of what two violins, a viola, and a cello can do in the hands of major composers.

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