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  1. Blog
    I've loved this SQ for a long time and along with the 2nd SQ it's my favourite Mendelssohn SQ, totally unlike his others. I just love the tremelo in the first movement, the beauty of the 3rd...it's just a joy. There's a few ways of interpreting it. Some go for a darker approach, some for a...
  2. Solo & Chamber Music
    In general, the concept of the string quartet intrigues me. However, I have not been able to get into them. I listen, find them pleasing to the ear, but find that I cannot understand them: I do not know what's happening at any given time! Could you recommend some original quartets that are easy...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    My newest love. After a two-week diet of Bartok quartets, the CD and MR quartets sound lush, sunlit, dreamy, relaxed... Favourite recordings? I'm learning them with the Kodalys on Naxos, but would welcome other recommendations. Thanks!
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    I'm keen to hear the Lindsays with the Rasumovsky quartets. Can anyone recommend me either of these two recordings? Are they from, respectively, a first and second Lindsays Beethoven cycle - and is either superior? Thanks!
  5. Solo & Chamber Music
    I have just got into Dvorak's chamber music, I am a bit of a beginner but I love the American and the E flat Major quintet which I found on a bargain cd of the Janacek Quartet/Vienna Octet. I have heard the 13 & 14 are brilliant quartets and want to get a good recommendation for a nice pairing...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Sorry if this is covered elsewhere, I had a search and nothing jumped out at me. Could someone recommend some good recordings of these quartets? I heard them on Youtube performed by the Janacek Quartet, see below, but this recording seem to be very difficult to get so some alternatives would be...
  7. Solo & Chamber Music
    The first chamber piece I listened to when classical music finally clicked (in a big way) with me was Death and the Maiden. Five years on and it is still my favourite, by some distance. I wish I still had it to discover .... Can anyone excite me? I do love the late quartets by that German bloke.
  8. Solo & Chamber Music
    The title of the thread says it all. I have the late quartets by Melos on Harmonia Mundi (from the early 1990s) and find them a bit harsh. The complete Melos seems to have received mixed reviews. I have a library copy of the Verdi Quartet versions and the verdict is still out (though some...
  9. Solo & Chamber Music
    I recently discovered these. Where they have been hiding all of these years is beyong me. Anyway, the preferences of forum members has been discussed many times, but not lately (I don't think). I have read many of these posts and listened to portions of the quartets by a few ensembles. Here...
  10. Solo & Chamber Music
    After going through Haydn's string quartets I'm going to move on to Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. After that I know of Bartok and Shostakovich but not many others. What sets of string quartets would you recommend post-Schubert?
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    Not necessarily your favorite music... but classical music you find relaxing. I've been listening to Haydn string quartets... I find them especially relaxing so far...
  12. Classical Music Discussion
    Apologies in advance - you've probably had something similar to this a few times before! I am just starting to get to know the Beethoven String Quartets, loving what I have heard (Razumovsky 3, op.32 - OK, not much thus far) and have decided that I should take the plunge and get to know the...
  13. Solo & Chamber Music
    I have been on a chamber music kick and as you know, I am very fond of the classical era. I own that I do not know the chamber music from this period half so well as I do symphonies and concerti, however. I don't even know all the Haydn or Mozart quartets beyond the most famous, and only...
  14. Solo & Chamber Music
    Which of Bartok's string quartets would you say are the least (traditionally) tonal? Just curious what people's opinions are. I happen to think the middle quartets are more challenging for some reason.
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    I was interested in getting some expert options on the bets recordings of Elliott Carter's complete String Quartets after seeing an interview where Frank Zappa said they were some of his favourite works of classical music. I was looking at a recording by Juilliard String Quartet of the complete...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    I've secretly placed the late piano sonatas above the quartets, if only by a smidgeon. So I'm not saying the quartets are chopped liver! But I think this is a minority view. How about you? Sonatas or quartets, or is it silly to compare these? (The answer to that last is of course "yes," but...
  17. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    With all of the talk of string quartets, I decided to start a poll for your favorite string quartet groups. You can choose up to 1 of your favorite string quartets.
  18. Solo & Chamber Music
    Seems like this would have already existed by now - maybe my searching skills need improvement... So, what are your ten favorite composers of chamber music? Ranked 1 through 10, with some favorite pieces: 1. Beethoven (late quartets, Septet in Eb) 2. Schumann (quartets, Piano...
  19. Blog
    I was actually thinking about blogging about going through my newly acquired record collection, and this seems like just the place for that. My thought was that while simply picking things to play at random works, I will quickly forget what I've listened to and what I thought of it, and this...
  20. Solo & Chamber Music
    I have been exploring String Quartets over various musical time periods and still have not settled on a time period I prefer. I have also noticed that the differences are often more subtle than in other types of classical music. It also seems that typical time markers (rhythm, dissonance...
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