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Beethoven:Complete String Quartets (8 CD set) [Box set, Import]

Quatuor Vegh , Beethoven , . Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0000DET84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very high bar for Beethoven recordings 13 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
This recording deserves all the stars awarded to it. Have had the FLAC download of it for some time but purchased these discs as remote backup. Have several renditions by the usual suspects but this is the one I return to time and time again.

Buy it - but not at this price and not from Amazon until they bring their price down.

Just don't know how Amazon can charge 64 (they're usually very competitively priced) when other online UK stores have it on offer at just over 25. (and even when that offer finishes you'll still be looking at just 35)


Edit 18/11/2013: Ah! I see they have now reduced their price. Well done Amazon! (who says complaining doesn't work?)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have had this recording for 25 years and it is the one that I will take to my Desert Island (and my grave). The music is deep, too deep for my amateur understanding, but nevertheless accessible - that is to say, it sounds lovely. The performances are superb. These 8 CDs are the most treasured possession that I have.

Reviews often make a comment similar to the one in the Penguin review quoted by another reviewer, "That intonation is not always perfect matters little in relation to the wisdom and experience conveyed". I agree about the wisdom and experience, but not about the intonation. I have listened to the recordings endlessly and, more importantly, so has my wife who is much more musically acute than me. Neither of us has ever identified any failure of intonation. If anyone actually has, I should be interested to know chapter and verse! My suspicion is that reviewers too often skim rather than listen deeply - and that this particular slur was made by an early (aurally challenged?) reviewer and has been repeated by successive hacks just in case there is any blemish in the recording that they failed to notice. After all, 8 hours 46 minutes of music is quite a lot to listen to carefully if you've got a publishing deadline to meet.

Buy in the confidence that there is no greater recording and no greater music. Listen to the third movement of the 15th Quartet - the "Hymn of thanksgiving" - and you will hear the most sublime playing of the most sublime music in all history.

I should add that I believe the extensive notes by Brigitte Massin that were in the booklet in the earlier box set are also included in this one. They are a model of what notes about great music should be (and also contain a couple of very funny quotes from Beethoven himself).
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Penguin Top-Rated Recordings 24 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
These are the recordings that the Penguin Guide have consistently rated as the greatest ever made of these wonderful quartets, surely the pinnacle of the musical genre.

To quote the Penguin Guide: "For long a first choice, the Vegh performances, recorded in the mid-1970s, have rightly been acclaimed for their expressive depth. That intonation is not always perfect matters little in relation to the wisdom and experience conveyed. There is no cultivation of surface polish, though there is both elegance and finesse. The CD transfers have a far cleaner image than the original LPS."

High praise indeed when you consider the quality of other recordings, ranging from the Lindsays, Italians, Alban Berg, Takacs and Amadeus, as well as myriad others.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five well deserved stars 13 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now I know why the Guardian classical music critic gave this collection five stars , its awesome ! Well defined , excellent playing and amazing quality compact discs .
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Beethoven 19 Feb 2014
By Vaughan Otter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The folks at Naive answered a few prayers when they concurrently reissued the Vegh Quartet's Beethoven and the Quatuor Mosaiques' Haydn back in late 2013. Both reissues come with all the original documentation and excellent packaging. Collectors of string quartets should obtain both sets as soon as possible at these reduced prices.

Made in the early 70s, with Sandor Vegh, Sandor Zoldy, Georges Janzer, and Paul Szabo comprising the ensemble, these recordings came just after the same foursome recorded a classic set of Bartok quartets, and I don't think a better combination of Beethoven and Hungarian quartet playing exists in good stereo sound.

"The Veghs" especially excel with the earlier quartets and slower movements - fine variations in tempo and tone, like an intimate conversation, give these readings an extra degree of recerche that makes many rivals sound overwrought. This may be heard as a fault by some listeners, but for me it reveals these quartets as possibly the greatest music ever composed.

The sound on this set is warm, soft and woolly in a good way, with less glare than many later quartet recordings, and I find this fits with the quality of musicianship. The discs come in two standard four-pack jewel cases, all in one cardboard box along with the complete booklet.

While others will have their own favorites, this is the set of string quartets I'd take anywhere with me if I could only have one.
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