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Britten: String Quartets [Takács Quartet] [Hyperion: CDA68004]

Takács Quartet:Edward Dusinberre , Károly Schranz , Geraldine Walther , András Fejér , Benjamin Britten , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00FBE94GG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No 1 in D major Op 25 [24'11] - Takacs Quartet
2. String Quartet No 2 in C major Op 36 [26'52] - Takacs Quartet
3. String Quartet No 3 Op 94 [24'50] - Takacs Quartet

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It is wonderful to welcome an invigorating new recording of Britten's three published string quartets played by one of the world's most distinguished ensembles, the Takacs Quartet. --IRR, Nov'13

The pieces naturally suit the assertive tone of the Takacs Quartet, who are skilfully able to maintain a thread of musical argument not only through each individual quartet but through the collection as a whole. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone, Nov'13

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-hear 31 Mar 2014
Is there anything the Takacs Quartet play which does not intellectually stimulate, emotionally perturb ( in the best sense), and spiritually elevate? This is a phenomenal recording, which doesn't just demand to be heard, but to be listened to again and again in order to absorb the full impact of the passionate and committed playing - the profoundly spiritual and unflinching interpretations (from first track to last) - the intricacies of the sound-picture, so beautifully captured (Hyperion does it again!!) - and surely performances that BB (the sternest critic) would have been proud of. You can almost sense Britten's failing health in the 'Solo' of the 3rd Quartet, and it knocked me utterly sideways...like no performance or recording before. Please, please, buy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 26 Jun 2014
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What wonderful interpretations of great works also the sound quality is a joy to listen to you, if you are looking for a recording which will stand the test of time then you have found it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21 Nov 2013
By droflim
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This CD has been widely lauded by critics and for good reason. It is a superb recording by an unparalleled Quartet. The Takacs make it seem as if the music could be played in no other way; I have their late Beethoven quartets which surpassed and replaced other versions I had. I don't know Britten's three quartets yet but I feel as if I'm in the best possible hands to introduce me: if they're playing them, then they must prove rewarding. The initial steps on my listening journey certainly inspire every confidence and challenge my reliance on the Arditti and Kronos Quartets for great modern classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to mark Britten's centenary 14 Dec 2013
By Mags
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Recommended to Britten enthusiasts. Good collection of his string Quartets. Bought, and given as a gift to mark Britten's centenary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully performed, wonderfully engineered and recorded 15 Dec 2013
By CVA - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed the version by the Belcea Quartet, and am pleased to say this new set is equally rewarding. Significantly swifter timings (which allow the benefit of all three quartets on a single disc) to my mind have no drawbacks. Powerful, emotive interpretations. You will notice at a couple points, audible exhale / sighs, but frankly it fits the level of communion & concentration, and I am pleased they did not try to edit it out. The music itself? How original and distinctive --- especially the first, op. 25 & the last, op. 94. Thank you to all involved, and gratitude to Britten. This year, I have enjoyed the opportunity to grow closer to so much great music, especially 'Death in Venice'. And this disc from the Takacs, takes a place of distinction in my collection, with their Beethoven and so much else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars distinctive interpretation 6 May 2014
By drollere - Published on Amazon.com
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to my taste, britten's three quartets are one of the high points of 20th century chamber music, and they are now available in a spate of new recordings. the takacs quartet recording is distinctive in several respects, some welcome and others less so.

the current takacs is not what it was (the eponymous first violinist gábor takács-nagy has been replaced and violist gábor ormai has been replaced twice), and this accounts for quite a change in the quartet sound from their warm and splendid recordings of the mozart "haydn" quartets or the haydn op.76 quartets. i think the unity of the group has suffered as a result; the first violin has a relatively strident tone when loud and occasionally pushes sul ponticello into unpleasant scritching. even so, this is a fine overall effort and convenient to have on one disc -- and while that is mostly convenient for the publisher (the rip generation has no concern for physical format), the savings have been invested in providing an excellent commentary insert.

the esthetic of the current ensemble, as projected in this recording, is decidedly lyrical. although they seem motivated to highlight even subtle details of the score, such as the starting note of a trill or the legato connection within melody notes, they employ one of the broadest dynamic palettes i have heard in these pieces: in the C major "chacony" the cello is at one point barely audible. they highlight the vocal contour in slower movements and impart a distinctive dancelike quality to the faster movements, emphasizing notes with accent and timing to produce a swing, lilt or caper. i found these aspects of their performance intriguing and enjoyable, especially in the first and third quartets; the second quartet may lack the full measure of pathos and gravitas, but even here there are the insights of a distinctive interpretation.
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