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Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51 [CD]

Johannes Brahms , Ludwig Quartet Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (30 Dec 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000I7RN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51: I. Allegro10:27Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51: II. Romanze: Poco adagio 7:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51: III. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo 8:06Album Only
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51: IV. Allegro 6:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51: I. Allegro non troppo13:47Album Only
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51: II. Andante moderato 9:43Album Only
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51: III. Quasi Minuetto, moderato 4:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51: IV. Finale: Allegro non assai 6:59£0.69  Buy MP3 


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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dissapointed 19 April 2013
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I agree totally with the first reviewer, I love the Brahms and I love this performance of the quartet but I find it hard to listen to the quality of the recording. I dont think the accoustics of the venue nor the recording technique used come quite up to scratch. The players sound as if they are half way down the room/hall and the 2nd violin and viola are too low in the mix in many places and its a strain on the ear to hear them. The slower movements fair a little better but overall slightly dissapointed, pity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent string playing, mediocre recording 18 Oct 2008
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This CD contains two very beautiful Brahms string quartets played extremely well by a French group. While not underplaying the drama in these works, the Ludwig Quartet brings out Brahms as a composer of lieder. These performances sing with a delightful freshness not found in more aggressive performances. Their playing has many moments of radiant beauty. Although the recording has too much reverberation, the string playing is so good that I regularly listen to this CD and put up with the mediocre sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm 5 Aug 2008
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
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Naxos has a knack for choosing fine groups to record the chamber music literature. The Quatuor Ludwig are every bit as good as those other Naxos stalwarts, the Kodaly and Eder Quartets. The Ludwig have what might be described as a French string sound. It is not as heavy as that of the Guarneri and Julliard Quartets, nor is it as vibrato laden as that of the Quartetto Italiano. The Ludwig's sound is very pleasing, and their balance and articulation is excellent. They have all the serious credentials needed for interpreting the Brahms Quartets. My favorite moment on the disc is the third movement of the 1st Quartet. Here, the Ludwig create a limpid sound world in which the contrasting elements of the movement are sensitively captured and flow entirely naturally. Natural sounding phrasing is not an easy thing to achieve in the Brahms Quartets, but the Ludwig have it down pat. My only reservation about this CD concerns the sound engineering. It is distant sounding and full of echo. The details of the scores sometimes are obscured or are out of balance, in spite of the excellent projection of the players. Still, Brahms string playing this good does not grow on trees, and listeners may feel that the detrimental aspects of this CD are worth putting up with for the excellent performances.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms: String Quartets Op. 51, Nos. 1 And 2 21 April 2013
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Brahms: String Quartets Op. 51, Nos. 1 And 2 is a 1996 Naxos recording starring Quatuor Ludwig as they play Brahm's String Quartets op. 51 Nos. 1 and 2. Sound quality and it verily feels as listening to it in person. Keith Anderson has written the music notes. A great recording that I very much enjoyed listening to. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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