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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: L. Van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: La Dolce Vita
  • ASIN: B0090OPC2S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DOLCEV 121; LA DOLCE VITA - Italia; Classica da camera

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This latest and long awaited incarnation of the revered Talich Quartet's complete cycle is done wonders with remastering. The Calliope issues had a metallic sound, but this is pleasant to the ear. Honours are even with the Hungarian Quartet; I am partial to the peculiar sound of the Talichs - especially the first violinist Petr Messiereur - in the two discs containing the Quartets 9 & 14 and 11 & 12, the Hungarians outscore them in the Grosse Fugue and op. 130. But now after the sonic problems have been solved, I can't think any other set as the primary first recommendation than the Talichs as they find more sensitiveness and beauty from the scores than any other ensemble.
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HASH(0x9d72e888) out of 5 stars Finally an equal to ABQ's Beethoven quartets: Top-notch performance, great packaging 14 Dec. 2013
By Joey Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly I have to excuse my English as it is not my first language.

I'm a great fan as well as a picky listener of Beethoven's quartets. I have owned the following versions of complete Beethoven's quartets:
1. Quartetto Italiano
2. Alban Berg Quartet (both live and studio)
3. Amadeus Quartet
4. Guarneri Quartet
5. Emerson Quartet
6. Melos Quartet

Personally I think Alban Berg Quartet takes the crown of Beethoven Quartet performance. Their playing is warm, delicate, well-balanced and nevertheless powerful and striking. For instance, I have never found elsewhere the great balance and wit in the finale of Op. 59 No. 3, or the unrushed and yet stupendous Op 131. In comparison, Italiano is way too 'soft' and lagging for Beethoven, while Emerson is a bit too 'New York', quite often in a hurry to show off their skills and ruin the 'inner conversations of the four strings'. The others are good overall but either the performance or recording is not as satisfying (For instance Guarneri's performance is not bad but RCA's recording sounds a bit dull).

After I listened to Talich's recording, I feel that I finally found a match for ABQ's performance. Their cello isn't as thick and the first violin not as powerful as ABQ's, but they achieved even better balance. They showed great knowledge in Beethoven's music and really brought out the details and inner harmonies. They used rubatos more often in the mid - late quartets but always tastefully.

I would also like to comment on the packaging itself. The box contains 7 cds in well-designed paper case, and an approx. 70-page booklet with nice illustrations of Talich Quartet. The text composition is the best of its kind, where important quotes takes up a full page in bold fonts instead of lying in between the 'usual' texts (like those of the bigger CD companies).

Overall, I wont pretend that I have understood / consumed all the intents of the other recordings I mentioned above, but if you are a serious Beethoven lover, don't miss this wonderful gem.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d72ead4) out of 5 stars Good Choice for Beginners as well as Aficionados 9 Jan. 2014
By Mark Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I own more complete Beethoven sets than I probably should: Takacs, The first Alban Berg, the Arte Nova Alexander, Budapest, Vegh, Gewandhaus, the first Tokyo and this one. To me, the Talich is just about perfect interpretavely although they avoid repeats in two of the Op. 18 quartets - a no-no in my book. But their tempi are good, the balance is perfect and the sound they make is pleasing to the ear. I don't have a problem with the recording quality, but it isn't state-of-the-art. I am not overly sensitive to mediocre recordings, since I wear hearing aids thanks to too many rock concerts in my youth. But that's another story.

For newcomers to these great works, this is a solid first choice as long as you don't require audiophile sound quality. The same goes with the budget set by the Alban Berg Quartet on EMI. But if you need excellent sound, you might give a listen to the Gewandhaus or the new Tokyo Quartet set on Harmonia Mundi.

A final note: As I write this in early 2014, it is much more cost effective to purchase this set as CDs rather than downloads. And you get a nice booklet in a handsome box to boot.

Enjoy!
12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d72ea98) out of 5 stars Wonderful 15 Feb. 2013
By kenneth kulhawy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the great Talich Quartet set so long out of print. The highest quality of performance. Intimate. As we listen we are in a small room overhearing Beethoven hum.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d362090) out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Dec. 2014
By Bob K - Published on Amazon.com
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Great performances and recording. Unusual grouping that works from a concert-type programing standpoint.
1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d72ee28) out of 5 stars Have Calliope Errors Been Corrected? 22 April 2014
By Belsnickel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Does this set correct errors that were pressed in the most recent Calliope box set batch of CD's? One of my discs appeared to be mastered from vinyl because of the "skips" that were inherent. Two copies of the sets had the exact same problem.
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