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Enescu: String Quartets 1 & 2 [CD]

Ad Libitum Quartet , Quatuor Ad Libitum , George Enescu Audio CD
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  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (4 Dec 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004VROD
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No.1 - Enescu
2. String Quartet No.2 - Enescu

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brimful of ideas! 21 Nov 2009
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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To my ears, two very different string quartets here. The first is so packed with ideas which appear to come tumbling out as if from a magicians hat, that its 46 minute playing time seems much less. Totally commited musicianship gives the attack and variety of pace required to make this a totally engaging performance, and listening experience.
After this, the 2nd quartet seems less forgiving in the demands it makes, although the playing remains of a very high standard indeed. Perhaps listening to both at one sitting is just expecting a little too much? Still well worth checking out.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, stimulating, well recorded 5 Oct 2008
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The sound is well recorded. On my hi-fi (which consists of an older Arcam alpha amp and Alpha 7 CD player with newer, small Misson speakers) it's like I'm in the recording studio.

Well played. Interesting music. A joy to listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brimful of ideas! 8 Sep 2010
By Sentinel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To my ears, two very different string quartets here. The first is so packed with ideas which appear to come tumbling out as if from a magicians hat, that its 46 minute playing time seems much less. Totally commited musicianship gives the attack and variety of pace required to make this a totally engaging performance, and listening experience.
After this, the 2nd quartet seems less forgiving in the demands it makes, although the playing remains of a very high standard indeed. Perhaps listening to both at one sitting is just expecting a little too much? Still well worth checking out.
10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great 21 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The prize-winning Romanian Ad Libitum Quartet has taken on the task of bringing George Enescu's 1st 2 string quartets into the arena. I'm not sure how many times this modern music (Enescu lived from 1881 to 1955, thereby making it a trifle modern) has been recorded before, but chances are the previous recordings would have a hard time living up to the color and texture which these Romanians add.
Himself a Romanian, Enescu is well-regarded as the foremost composer/violinist of his country. While the quartets of Mozart and other 18th century tunesmiths may be more easily whistled, the dramatic contrasts that come about in these 73 minutes are full of rising and falling movements within movements. All you need do is turn the volume up high enough.
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