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  • Audio CD (8 May 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dutton
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZGQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quartet in C major op.59 no.3 - i Introduzione (Andante
2. - ii Andante con moto quasi allegretto
3. - iii Menuetto (Grazioso) and Trio - v Allegro molto
4. Quartet in C sharp minor op.131 no.14 - i Adagio ma non troppo e molto
5. - ii Allegro molto vivace
6. - iii Allegro moderato
7. - iv Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
8. - v Presto
9. - vi Adagio quasi un poco andante
10. - vii Allegro

Product Description

Two legendary Busch Quartet 1930s HMV recordings of
Beethoven's string quartets are featured on this disc. Led by Adolf Busch
and acclaimed as perhaps the finest interpreters of the composer's work in
that idiom, their recordings of the Quartet in C major no.3 `Rasumovsky'
and the Quartet in C sharp minor no.14 leave the listener in no doubt as to
why they enjoy such exalted status among chamber music groups of their
era.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By etiknek27 on 23 May 2009
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This represents as fine a performance of these
towering masterpieces as can be conceived. The
sound quality is remarkable and the ear quickly
adjusts. The interpretations are remarkable, without
affectation or quirks of tempi and emphasis.
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Excellent service and sublime music- these are the best performances I've ever heard of these quartets. Pity we couldn't clone these fellas!
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The Music Speaks for Itself 8 Jan. 2008
By J. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know if there are words to describe how good the Busch Quartet really were. Simply put, they are to Beethoven's string quartets what Schnabel is to the piano sonatas. This is the best recording of Op. 131 that I have ever heard. Dutton's CEDAR remastered sound is very good, especially for 1930's recordings. A couple of fine choices for complete cycles, in case you don't want to wait to buy each seperate disc, are the Vegh Quartet, and more recently, with superb sound, the Takacs. Of course, there are numerous other perfectly good cycles out there (Alban Berg, Emerson, Quartetto Italiano & Talich to name a few that are easily obtained), those two just happen to be my favorites.
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the greatest ever 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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