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The Busch Quartet Play Beethoven Volume 4 [Import]

The Busch Quartet , Beethoven Audio CD
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  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dutton
  • ASIN: B001O64JO2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the latest instalment in Dutton's ongoing series of landmark recordings by the legendary Busch Quartet, featuring their sublime interpretations of the music of Beethoven. This disc comprises 1930s/'40s recordings of Quartet no.13 in B flat op.130 and Quartet no.15 in A minor op.132, and the Busch Quartet bring to their performances of these works all the brilliance, insight, feeling and virtuosity for which they were famous.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out! 10 April 2012
There's nothing to say about the music or the performances - few things can compare.

But the sound quality is worth mentioning. It's outstanding. The years just melt away. There's little
left to remind the ear that these have been mastered from old 78s.

I've had various EMI issues of these recordings, and also the Pearl set. These four volumes are much
better - so much so that one wonders if they had access to better discs [I don't know].
Dutton has done us all a very big favour here.

Snap them all up while you can.

Update:
Although I may be wrong to assume they have been mastered from 78. I have since discovered there is
a school of thought which says that early vinyl pressings on Columbia are the best sounding source
for these recordings, counter-intuitive as this may seem. Search online for the details.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative recordings! 26 Nov 2012
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Fortunately for all of us who really love and do appreciate Beethoven's string quartets, the availability of many good versions in the market has been enriched thanks to the great addition of Dutton laboratories; whose notable effort for restoring these invaluable documents will allow us to have these acoustic treasures for the posterity.

Busch Quartet plays with mercurial incisiveness with dazzling lyricism, gifted of that cosmic scope according the great approaches of first-rank ensembles such as Vegh Quartet, Budapest String Quartet or the Hungarian Quartet.

These performances are pure gold to listen and enjoy. My dear reader you shouldn't leave aside these gems. A recording for the ages: No doubt it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the immortal recordings 22 Oct 2012
By A Musician in Training - Published on Amazon.com
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As I listen to this I am more and more convinced that the era of great instrumental recordings and great performing/performing musicians was Schnabel and the Busch Quartet. To those who are not a fan of Schnabel (ha! that won't last for long) due to whatever ridiculous reason (for example he makes a noticeable mistake in the first movement of opus 106, but still plays the entire sonata greater than anyone else could ever dream of playing it) do not find that any reason to ignore the Busch Quartet (I just like to compare the two because of their historical proximity, and by the fact that Schnabel's Beethoven set is the greatest ever made, and the Busch quartet's Beethoven recordings are the greatest ever made). Now you will notice that it their set is incomplete. You might despair at first, but you will soon enough realize that "its riches far outweigh any complete traversal of the set". If my respect for Beethoven was not greater than that I have for the Busch quartet I would be perfectly fine in ignoring those this immortal quartet didn't record. Anyways, people that are reading this are hopefully aware of the Busch quartet's genius, so I will conclude this sloppily written review by saying by first saying, that technically these recordings are the greatest ever made of any piece of music, due to the fact that they are the greatest recordings of the greatest works (the late quartets with the addition of some others) of (I like to think) the greatest composer, and that the remastery job down by Michael Dutton is unbelievable: it literally sounds better than the recording of the digital era.
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