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Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets Box set


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  • Performer: Margaret Price, LaSalle Quartet
  • Composer: Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern
  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B001MUJSXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 7
2. String Quartet No. 2 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 10
3. String Quartet, No. 3, Op. 30
4. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37
5. String Quartet in D Major
6. Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5
7. String Quartet: Duster Und Schwer - Mit Großem Schwung - ..
8. Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9
9. String Quartet, Op. 28
10. Lyric Suite
11. String Quartet, Op. 3

Product Description

Quatuors à cordes n°1 & 2 / Margaret Price, soprano - LaSalle Quartet - Walter Levin & Henry W. Meyer, violons - Peter Kamnitzer, alto - Jack Kirstein, violoncelle

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Camberwick Green is Puppets on 7 Nov. 2009
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This is one of the great recoridngs of 20th century music. All credit to Brilliant Classics for rescuing them from the DG catalogue. The playing is fiery and accurate, and the recordings are as punchy and assertive as most of the music. From the post-Wagnerian melos of the first Schoenberg quartet op. 7 to the eery suggestions of material in Webern's op. 9 Bagatelles, the LaSalle Quartet play beautifully and idiomatically. But the star of the show is Margaret Price, the soloist in the final two movement's of the second Schoenberg quartet. Price was at the time a rising star who made a point of performing this corner of the repertoire, and her radiant voice makes this difficult music sound sublime. A fantastic set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adriaan Rademaker on 2 Aug. 2012
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The LaSalle Quartet offers reference recordings of the quartets of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. The players produce a cultivated but wonderfully clear and transparent sound. They play expressively throughout but without ever sentimentalizing the music. A piece like Berg's Lyric Suite benefits enormously from such a clear-headed approach; the LaSalle players do not understate the strong emotions suggested by the music, but also emphasize its musical sophistication: listen for instance to the Presto fifth movement for a perfect example of how a clear-headed, 'analytical', approach can actually enhance the impact of the music. They play Webern as to the manner born, and invest the abstract textures of Opus 28 with elegance and real musicality. And they play the Schoenberg quartets as the canonical pieces that these deserve to be, making sense of both the post-Wagnerian chromatic harmonies of Opus 7 and the strictly serial writing in the later pieces. None of this is easy music, of course, save for the genial early D major quartet by Schoenberg that sounds like an utterly charming joint effort by Brahms and Dvorak. But all of this music happens to be immensely rewarding and even enjoyable, and the LaSalle players do it proud. On top of it all, Margaret Price gives definitive performances of the two songs from Schoenberg's Opus 10. At Brilliant's modest asking price, this is not to be missed.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lisen on 13 Aug. 2010
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This 4 CD box is a real gem. An excellent introduction to the chamber music of these composers, and a collection for people who love the work of these three and just cannot get enough. The Lasalle quartet delivers an impeccable version, dynamic, subtle. Margaret Price' interpretation of Schoenberg leaves nothing to be desired. To be enjoyed again and again whatever mood you're in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By plutorider on 8 July 2014
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Great music, yes, but Amazon need to make it clear in their product information when recordings were made. These come from the late 1960s and, while I'm sure it's true that they are 'reference recordings', recording techniques have obviously come a long way since then. Come on Amazon, it's misleading just to put the release date of the latest edition. You can do better than that.
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