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Listen  1. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.1 In D Minor, Op.7 - 1. Nicht zu rasch -LaSalle Quartet12:01Album Only
Listen  2. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.1 In D Minor, Op.7 - 2. Kräftig (nicht zu rasch) -LaSalle Quartet11:48Album Only
Listen  3. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.1 In D Minor, Op.7 - 3. Mäßig (langsame viertel) -LaSalle Quartet11:52Album Only
Listen  4. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.1 In D Minor, Op.7 - 4. Mäßig (heiter)LaSalle Quartet 7:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.2, Op.10 - 1. MäßigLaSalle Quartet 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.2, Op.10 - 2. Sehr raschLaSalle Quartet 6:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.2, Op.10 - 3. Litanei (Langsam)LaSalle Quartet and Margaret Price 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.2, Op.10 - 4. Entrückung (Sehr langsam)LaSalle Quartet and Margaret Price10:55Album Only


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Listen  1. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.3, Op.30 - 1. ModeratoLaSalle Quartet 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.3, Op.30 - 2. AdagioLaSalle Quartet 8:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.3, Op.30 - 3. Intermezzo (Allegro moderato)LaSalle Quartet 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.3, Op.30 - 4. RondoLaSalle Quartet 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.4, Op.37 - 1. Allegro molto, energicoLaSalle Quartet 9:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.4, Op.37 - 2. ComodoLaSalle Quartet 7:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.4, Op.37 - 3. LargoLaSalle Quartet 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schoenberg: String Quartet No.4, Op.37 - 4. AllegroLaSalle Quartet 8:02£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schoenberg: String Quartet In D Major (1897) - 1. Allegro moltoLaSalle Quartet 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schoenberg: String Quartet In D Major (1897) - 2. Intermezzo. Andantino graziosoLaSalle Quartet 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoenberg: String Quartet In D Major (1897) - 3. Andante con motoLaSalle Quartet 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schoenberg: String Quartet In D Major (1897) - 4. AllegroLaSalle Quartet 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Webern: 5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5 - 1. Heftig bewegtLaSalle Quartet 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Webern: 5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5 - 2. Sehr langsamLaSalle Quartet 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Webern: 5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5 - 3. Sehr bewegtLaSalle Quartet0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Webern: 5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5 - 4. Sehr langsamLaSalle Quartet 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Webern: 5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5 - 5. In zarter BewegungLaSalle Quartet 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Webern: String Quartet (1905)LaSalle Quartet12:10Album Only
Listen11. Webern: 6 Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op.9 - 1. MässigLaSalle Quartet0:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Webern: 6 Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op.9 - 2. Leicht bewegtLaSalle Quartet0:23£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Webern: 6 Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op.9 - 3. Ziemlich fliessendLaSalle Quartet0:22£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Webern: 6 Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op.9 - 4. Sehr langsamLaSalle Quartet0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Webern: 6 Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op.9 - 5. Äusserst langsamLaSalle Quartet 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Webern: 6 Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op.9 - 6. FliessendLaSalle Quartet0:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Webern: String Quartet, Op.28 - 1. MässigLaSalle Quartet 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Webern: String Quartet, Op.28 - 2. GemächlichLaSalle Quartet 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Webern: String Quartet, Op.28 - 3. Sehr fliessendLaSalle Quartet 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Berg: Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926) - I. Allegretto giovialeLaSalle Quartet 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berg: Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926) - II. Andante amorosoLaSalle Quartet 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Berg: Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926) - III. Allegro misterioso - Trio estaticoLaSalle Quartet 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Berg: Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926) - IV. Adagio appassionatoLaSalle Quartet 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berg: Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926) - V. Presto delirando - TenebrosoLaSalle Quartet 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Berg: Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926) - VI. Largo desolatoLaSalle Quartet 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Berg: String Quartet, Op.3 - 1. LangsamLaSalle Quartet 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Berg: String Quartet, Op.3 - 2. Mässige viertelLaSalle Quartet 9:36£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
this is one of the best 17 Jun. 2000
By Ray Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has been in the catalogue for a long time and has won numerous awards in Europe, and deservedly so. Artistically they can stand comparison with any of their competitors, including the old mono set of the Schoenberg quartets done by the Hollywood Quartet as a gift to the composer (for which he added a note of thanks and admiration). The sound quality has always been very fine. The documentation is equal in length and depth of analysis to a short book and is worthy of 6 stars. The original release on LPs, when I first heard it, was packaged in a large box set that would normally have been sufficient to contain the complete Beethoven symphonies; the extra room was needed just for the booklet. This is not easy music but is definitely worth the effort. Highest recommendation.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
"Webern a la Schubert" 5 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The much underrated LaSalle Quartet gives loving performances in this now famous box-set. This quartet was long known for it's interpretations of the music of the Second Viennese School, and it's good to have these performances remain in the catalogue. Important also is the inclusion of the fascinating (and lengthy) theoretical study in the booklet.
If you are a fan of what chamber music and recordings are supposed to be about, add this set to your library.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Best chamber music ever from the so-called "atonal" school! 30 Sept. 2004
By Eric Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Arnold Schoenberg complained towards the end of his life that he had been forever saddled with the label of the man who had invented the so-called twelve-tone system of composition. He emphasized he was a composer first and foremost and the methods he employed were irrelevant to the discussion, and he was right. Tonal or atonal or twelve-tone, his music, together with that of his students and colleagues Alban Berg and Anton von Webern, was that of profound beauty and brilliance and wonder. The LaSalle Quartet brings to life almost a dozen works here: the four numbered Quartets by Schoenberg as well as an early work in that form he had written; Berg's early Quartet Op. 3 and the Lyric Suite; Webern's Five Pieces and Six Bagatelles for Quartet and the Quartet Op. 28 plus an early Slow Movement for Quartet, almost a one-movement Quartet in itself. The performances are unsurpassed and absolutely nobody who enjoys music from the 20th Century should be without this in their collection of chamber music. I first heard this while it was available on LP 28 years ago. It was stunning then and it is stunning now.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An essential collection 12 July 2005
By Sator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection of music for string quartet by the Second Viennese School can now be said to have classical status. The LaSalle Quartet succeed fully in communicating the emotional, spiritual and intellectual depths the three composers of this school -Schönberg, Berg and Webern - commanded. Above all, these composers were through and through Viennese and these recordings show just how much their music grew out a continuum with the tradition handed down to them from Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms.

First of all take the Second String Quartet by Schönberg with its fusion of the Quartet with the Lied. I have heard several versions of this, but none more beautiful than that sung by Margaret Price here. The otherworldly introspection and subtly visionary qualities of the music come across abundently. Yet at every moment the sense of the inheritance of the Viennese tradition remains omnipresent in the writing. Adorno thought this was the greatest thing Schönberg ever wrote and more than any other interpretion this one shows why Adorno might have thought that. It is a work of transcendent beauty that will appeal to lot of listeners, especially those who normally find Second Viennese School 'too difficult'. To have this along with the entire set of four quartets plus works by Berg and Webern is truly an embarrassment of riches!

The Webern pieces here are characterised by the Angst ridden darkness of their mood as well as their poignant brevity. These works were composed at a time when nearly every work was a response to the death of his mother - an event of enormous emotional impact for Webern. In this sense, the autobiographical elements recall the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, of whose music Webern was a powerful interpreter. Indeed, Berg even called him the greatest Mahler conductor since Mahler.

The thing that really makes this recording an essential set for every serious music lover's collection is the very substantial booklet that comes with this set. It is virtually a book rather than a booklet and is highly authoratative. I can only praise Deutsche Gramophon for maintaining their availability.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reissued by Brilliant Classics at an attractive price 3 May 2009
By Y.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This set of legendary performances by LaSalle Quartet of all string quartets by Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg has been reissued by Brilliant Classics Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets at a very attractive price. Buy it now before it disappears again.

The performance here is outstanding, with well judged tempos and very tight ensemble. The sound is very polished, which is well captured in the CD transfer. There are only a few things I'd like to point out.

1. The first violin seems to have wider vibrato than commonly used these days.
2. The breathing is sometimes audible.
3. The soprano Margaret Price, with very wide vibrato, does not seem to have the right timber for Schoenberg's quartet in f sharp minor Op.10. (Yes, there is a soprano in the "string quartet"!)
4. If you have Alban Berg Collection, you already have 1 of the 4 discs.

However, these small quibbles need not deter you from buying this outstanding set at the current Brilliant Classics price. And by the way, if you like historic performances, the set In Honor of Rudolf Kolisch, which has almost all pieces performed here, is not to be missed. Kolisch Quartet premiered many of the pieces in the set, including Schoenberg's last 2 quartets, Webern's Op.28, Berg's Lyric Suite (and Bartok's 5th).

Most highly recommended.
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