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  • Performer: Melos Quartet
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00002DEH3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Schubert: String Quartet (in various keys) D 18 (No.1) - 1. Andante - Presto vivace 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Schubert: String Quartet (in various keys) D 18 (No.1) - 2. Menuetto 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. Schubert: String Quartet in C major D 32 (No.2) - 1. Presto 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Schubert: String Quartet in C major D 32 (No.2) - 4. Allegro con spirito 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Schubert: String Quartet in B flat major D 36 (No.3) - 1. Allegro 9:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Schubert: String Quartet in B flat major D 36 (No.3) - 4. Allegretto 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Schubert: Quartet Movement in C minor D 103 - Grave - Allegro 8:20£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Schubert: String Quartet in C major D.46 (No.4) - 1. Adagio - Allegro con moto 8:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Schubert: String Quartet in C major D.46 (No.4) - 2. Andante con moto 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Schubert: String Quartet in C major D.46 (No.4) - 3. Menuetto. Allegro 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. Schubert: String Quartet in D major D 74 (No.6) - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 7:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Schubert: String Quartet in D major D 74 (No.6) - 2. Andante 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  1. Schubert: String Quartet in D major, D.94 - 1. Allegro 6:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Schubert: String Quartet in D major, D.94 - 2. Andante con moto 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. Schubert: String Quartet in D major, D.94 - 4. Presto 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Schubert: String Quartet in B flat major, D112 (Op.Post.168) - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 8:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Schubert: String Quartet in B flat major, D112 (Op.Post.168) - 2. Andante sostenuto 8:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Schubert: String Quartet in B flat major, D112 (Op.Post.168) - 3. Menuetto: Allegro 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  9. Schubert: String Quartet in G minor, D173 - 1. Allegro con brio 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Schubert: String Quartet in G minor, D173 - 2. Andantino 6:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Schubert: String Quartet in G minor, D173 - 3. Menuetto: Allegro vivace 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Schubert: String Quartet in G minor, D173 - 4. Allegro 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Schubert: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, D.87 - 1. Allegro moderato 9:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Schubert: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, D.87 - 2. Scherzo: Prestissimo 6:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Schubert: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, D.87 - 3. Adagio 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Schubert: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, D.87 - 4. Allegro 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo14:12Album Only
  6. Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde" - 2. Andante 7:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde" - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 7:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde" - 4. Allegro moderato 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Schubert: String Quartet in E major, D353, op.post.125, no.2 - 1. Allegro con fuoco 7:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Schubert: String Quartet in E major, D353, op.post.125, no.2 - 2. Andante 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Schubert: String Quartet in E major, D353, op.post.125, no.2 - 3. Menuetto: Allegro vivace 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Schubert: String Quartet in E major, D353, op.post.125, no.2 - 4. Rondo: Allegro vivace 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden" - 1. Allegro12:22Album Only
  6. Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden" - 2. Andante con moto13:55Album Only
  7. Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden" - 4. Presto 9:34£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Schubert: String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 - "Quartettsatz" 9:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Schubert: String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887 - 1. Allegro molto moderato15:06Album Only
  3. Schubert: String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887 - 2. Andante un poco mosso12:21Album Only
  4. Schubert: String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Schubert: String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887 - 4. Allegro assai11:33Album Only

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DGG 4631512; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania;

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2011
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This was my favourite version of the Schubert Quartets since it appeared as a box set of LPs. The Melos Quartet have a lovely tone and coming from DGG the sound quality is excellent - smooth and beautifully balanced. All 15 quartets are in this 6 CD set, including the two Quartet Movements in c minor. Each quartet is complete on the respective CD - no work is broken between CDs. Schubert's melodies are so appealing that this would make an excellent introduction to chamber music for those not familiar with the genre.

Schubert: Symphonies (Complete), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. E. Gill on 10 July 2015
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A most enchanting collection
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Howard W on 27 May 2014
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The playing is superb and gets every nuance out of Schubert's music. The CDs are well packaged and are great to keep in the car to play whilst you explore the Schubert's SQs - my only disappointment was that not all the quartets contain the same genius level of writing of the set containing Rosamunde or Death and the Maiden.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Williamson on 1 April 2015
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Great Music for a Good Price 2 May 2002
By Kevin S. Currie - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this set in Dec. '01 and it has since become a favorite in my collection. Schubert is a great composer and in my opinion, the quartets are where he really shines.

Sadly, it is hard to find recordings of all but the last four. In total, there are fourteen plus two fragments- one incomplete and one lost. They are all here and at such a good deal!
The first two discs (first five quartets and a fragment) really stand out. These were quartets Schubert composed as a student and they capture well the energy of youth and have a beautifully simple quality that always makes Schubert stand out. The middle discs track his early career with a more mature motif development revealing a taste of the boldness to come from his later quartets. Not as melodic as the first quartets in my opinion, but a treat nonetheless. Then ah! the last three discs. "Rosamunde," "Death and the maiden," Quartettstatz and C 703. Can you possibly go wrong? Don't answer that. You know it doesn't get better!!
Now we come to recording quality. Well, the Melos Quartet recorded these in the mid 70's. They've been digitally touched up and well done. Still, not convincing enough to sound like new. Treble and Mid is alright but the Bass is really lacking and overall, it still lacks the full sound of recordings from the Emerson and Tokyo quartets. Still, with touchup, these recordings sound more like late 80's- Not Bad!
This is a great deal for a great price. For better quality, I also picked up Emerson's recording of the late quartets, but you will be hard pressed to find a recording of the early and middle works...and what works they are!!!
75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Buy it for the right reasons 3 Oct. 2002
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I agree with the other review, but there is an alternative to this set, by the Auryn Quartet, and it is also excellent. So, buy this set for the right reasons, whatever those are, such as: the sound quality of this Chamber Ensemble (extremely warm)
or the overall feel of their playing (caring, respectful). Buy the set from the Auryn quartet if you care more about the sound quality of the recording (it is noticeably better) or if you happen to like a younger, slightly more aggressive approach.
Frankly I have both sets, and love both.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
This set or the Auryn Quartet set? 6 Jun. 2004
By Steve Kessell - Published on Amazon.com
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I read, in a book on string quartets, the statement: "More than half of the best string quartets had been written when Schubert died in 1828". I agree, but would put the percentage at more like 75 or 80%. The author went on to include all of Schubert's, even those that he wrote as a teenager. I was surprised by this comment, but now, having now heard his complete string quartets, I have to agree. Even his early ones are superb!
To the recordings: I was just a bit disappointed. The sound seems a bit harsh in places, not as warm as sets I have by the Quartetto Italiano (Beethoven), Melos Quartet (Mozart) and Aoelian Q (Haydn). No doubt they are technically very correct, and show real liveliness - the violins just sound a bit scratchy in places.
The only other complete set seems to be the Auryn Quartet recording, highly recommended by the Penguin guide, but twice as expensive. Naxos offers 12 or the 15 quartets on 5 separate CDs. I'd liked to have heard the Auryn recording before I'd made the decision to purchase this one - who knows, I might have made the same decision anyway.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Worthwhile Bargain Edition 11 Nov. 2011
By Johannes Climacus - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this set when it when it was first reissued on CD because I wanted to acquaint myself with the earlier Schubert quartets, and this was an inexpensive way to obtain recordings of this neglected repertoire. All chamber music lovers know Schubert's great "final three" (nos. 13-15) and the fragment known as the *Quartettsatz* in c-minor (usually called "no. 12"). More adventurous listeners might also know the earlier g-minor and E-flat major works, as they sometimes turn up in concert programs and there have been several recordings over the years apart from complete cycles. But few of us are familiar with the other early works, most of them apprentice pieces, through the composition of which Schubert was learning his craft--and doing so with a precociousness that rivals the young Mozart and the young Mendelssohn.

The Melos Quartet made these recordings in the early 1970's when they were at their peak (they also did fine traversals of the Beethoven, Cherubini, Schumann, Brahms and Mozart "Haydn" Quartets). They were (are still?) an illustrious ensemble with a distinctively sweet collective tone characterized by "tight" vibrato. They favored clear textures (the inner parts are almost always audible), straightforward--even at times rather plain--phrasing, scrupulous adherence to the musical text, and a wide dynamic range that often resulted in sharp, even abrupt, dynamic contrasts. Their choice of tempo is usually sensible--neither too fast nor too slow. They don't always dig very deep beneath the surface of the music, but those surfaces emerge as carefully articulated and thoroughly polished. With the Melos Quartet we encounter seemingly effortless artistry that never calls attention to itself.

These qualities are particularly well suited to the "artless" lyricism of Schubert's early quartets. In the apprentice works, the Melos don't fall into the trap of inflating what are frequently rather fragile structures, or trying to plumb depths that the young composer had not yet fathomed. Early Scubert presents the listener with youthful zeal and uncomplicated lyricism, and what at times can only be called a gauche graciousness.

As Schubert matured--and he did so with astonishing rapidity during his adolescent years--he succeeded in writing more idiomatically for the quartet medium, expanding and clarifying his understanding of musical form, and cultivating that instantly recognizable pathos which trades on harmonic ambiguities and sudden shifts of mood. The Melos convey these trends particularly well in the attractive transitional works in E major, E-Flat major and g-minor.

In the Quartettesatz and the final trilogy, other ensembles have savored the pathos more poignantly and conveyed the scope of Schubert's vastly expanded appropriation of form more cogently, but the Melos' tight ensemble, incisive attack, and clarity of texture nevertheless succeed in bringing these works vividly to life. On the other hand, one might wish for a more leisurely, gracious approach to these great works, such as certain Viennese ensembles cultivated during the middle decades of the 20th Century. I am engaged by the Melos's traversal of the late Quartets, but rarely charmed (where Schubert intends to charm), terrified (where Schubert intends to terrify), or profoundly moved (as Schubert can do when he is bringing the listener face-to-face with the human condition).

So the Melos Schubert cycle has undoubted merit, even if one would not turn first to this ensemble in Schubert's fully mature quartets. Another limitation is the remastered sound--at least to my ears. The original LP's offered clean, nicely focused sound that was slightly "top-heavy" or treble-intensive as recordings on this label tended to be at the time. The remastering has done nothing to redress this perceptible imbalance, but rather has exacerbated it by thinning out the violin tone and further emaciating the cello tone. As a result, there are occasional bouts of uncomfortably harsh sound in fortissimo passages. This sonic limitation is not so severe as to preclude a general recommendation, however. So let us call this four and one-half stars: a first-rate bargain featuring solid musicianship and clear-headed if at times overly studious renderings of Schubert's important contribution to the Quartet medium.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good recording, excellent price 15 May 2011
By Rabin Bhandari - Published on Amazon.com
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Good recording quality despite age (recorded in early 70s).
Deutsche Grammophon has done a reasonable digital remastering job but the cello low notes and the viola lines aren't as clear as newer recordings.
The price is unbeatable at the time I write this.
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