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Complete String Quintets, The (Griller String Quartet)


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  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Artemis
  • ASIN: B0000B1A68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegro
2. Menuetto (Allegretto)
3. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
4. Adagio - Allegro
5. Larghetto - Allegro
6. Adagio
7. Menuetto (Allegretto)
8. Allegro
9. Adagio And Fugue In C Minor, K. 546
Disc: 2
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto In Canone
4. Allegro
5. Allegro Di Molto
6. Andante
7. Menuetto (Allegretto)
8. Allegro
9. Allegro
10. Menuetto
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Superb. The Griller Quartet recorded the G Minor Quintet with Max Gilbert on second viola and in this version with William Primrose. Fine though both versions are, this one, with Primrose, it must be said is superior in every way. It is very special indeed. Griller himself was on magical form. One of the gems of all chamber music records. Don't hesitate.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trazom on 4 April 2013
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"1/10 Without doubt /---/ the most important chamber music recording ever made" according to the cover (as stated by Classics Today - but when?). In my quest for THE quintet recording I could perhaps not do without this set; it's enjoyable, since even I (I neither play nor read notes!) notice the occasional mistakes and slightly unclean playing. The glitches could (and should!) be ignored as well as enjoyed; since a) maybe things were done this way back in 1959, with no heavy editing and b) there's musicality involved - these recordings "rocks" and are well worth listening to. But be warned, better recordings and intepretations are to be found by Guernari Qt + viola (live recordings with coughs!) and my personal "reference", the Juilliard Qt + viola. Or try the expanded Grumiaux Trio). Those sets are complete (all 6 quintets), including Mozart's 1st quintet (partly modelled on Michael Haydn). The Griller set lacks that quintet (the Adagio & fugue K546, in a take without obvious errors, act as "filler"). A true classic, but in my opinion not the definite quintet set (no such thing could exist). Time waits for no one, not even for the Griller Qt.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By b - major on 30 Jan. 2009
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So this is one of the definite recordings of the quintetts.Not only as a whole but each quintett is given a perfect interpretation.Sound is great,
and as a creamer on top Primrose joins the Grillers.There are other
recordings that are good, but none surpasses this-neither in parts nor as
complete set.As we better listen to the music, try KV 515 or 516 and trust your ears.They will share my opinion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 1959 sound! 3 Jun. 2008
By Edith Swanek - Published on Amazon.com
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The sound quality is pretty amazing considering the recording was made in 1959, but then, Vanguard always had a real sharpness even on their old LPs. This recording was long considered one of the chamber classics from the old era, when they simply performed the music to the best of their ability (and extraordinary ability at that!) and let the listener make of it what they will. Serious Mozart (and the string quintets are the most serious) deserves careful listening, and these performances deliver.
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I own several complete sets of Mozart's great string quintets 14 Oct. 2014
By music fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I own several complete sets of Mozart's great string quintets, beginning with the one made by the Budapest Quartet and Milton Katims in the early 1950s. This one is far and away my all time favorite. The quintets, especially the C major and G minor, are at the very peak of Mozart's chamber music output, above even the string quartets dedicated to Haydn in my (and many others') opinion. The Griller's combination of precision ensemble and absolute control on one hand and penetrating musicality on the other is unbeatable.

Sadly, the quartet suddenly disbanded not long after making these recordings due to the suicide of their violist. Otherwise they might be a lot better known today. The sound quality is excellent by early stereo standards, but I would urge you to buy the CD rather than downloading the mp3 files if sound quality means anything to you at all. I can't take the criticisms of the reviewer below as to sound quality seriously as he listens to mp3 files. Vanguard was a small LP label run by serious audiophiles and generally produced outstanding sound quality for their time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
“Without doubt this is one of the very greatest chamber music recordings ever made." 27 Dec. 2014
By J. Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In a 2004 review ClassicsToday.com critic David Hurwitz writes, “Without doubt this is one of the very greatest chamber music recordings ever made. The Griller Quartet remains a legend among enthusiasts… Sure, there’s a touch of hiss, but the basic sound is of demonstration quality in its clarity and warmth. This is as good as it gets.” I have been living with these recordings for 40 years, and I agree with Hurwitz wholeheartedly.
4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
borderline unlistenable 28 Jun. 2010
By Aaron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought an MP3 version of this maybe three years ago after reading a rave review somewhere else. I wasn't familiar with the quintets, but heard they were some of Mozart's best music. But to my surprise, I not only wasn't impressed with the quintets but hated them.

As usual, this turned out not to be Mozart's fault, but the recording's. First of all, the intonation on this disc is horrible. The instruments are audibly tuned to some non-standard frequency and the musicians seem to constantly fudge notes and occasionally even hit the wrong note entirely. I'm certain the frequency is off because my library has streaming versions of two quintets. I never knew this was a 1959 recording until I came back to review it today, so I don't know how much of this was actually the musicians' doing, and how much was distortions in the tape. Either way, no matter how long or how many times I listen, these problems are so glaring it makes the music impossible to enjoy.

The second problem on the other hand, is clearly the musicians fault. As with many recordings of the time, all of these performances skip the repeats. As with Beethoven (if not all classical music), this mars the formal logic of the music and renders the pieces inaccessible.

Unfortunately, I haven't had the time or money to find and recommend alternative recordings. However, my temporary solution has been not to listen to this music at all.
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