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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two supreme masterpieces played con brio, 27 July 2011
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dvorak: String Quartet No.12 "The American" and No.13 (Audio CD)
Currently available for an almost derisorily small outlay, this disc is typical of the high standards of the ASV "The Bohemians" series, renowned for its artistic and sonic quality. "The American" quartet is the only piece I know to rival in my affections Schubert's famous string quintet as my favourite chamber music work; its heady mix of insouciant, fluent melody and poignant melancholy make it wholly cherishable. His last quartet, no.13, is his most complex and serious and there is no shortage of intensity or virtuosity in the Lindsay's interpretation of it. They make the most of the grander, craggier moments to offset the bucolic lyricism of the gentler passages and are unafraid to attack the music, always avoiding sentimentality. Yet they could not be more gently lyrical when required, such as in the opening of the "Lento" of Op.96.

I am also pleased to observe that they avoid the obtrusive sniffing and grunting which has marred some recordings; we just get the twang and bite of bow on gut.

The funky artwork and informative notes complete an indispensable issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bargain choice., 31 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Dvorak: String Quartet No.12 "The American" and No.13 (Audio CD)
Reviewing recordings by the Lindsays is like examining a favoured old sweater- there may be smarter garments around but few more comfortable to live with. For me, the effect of the Lindsays playing is invariably slightly bucolic but with a pleasing ease and unity. For my palate, this style suits Dvorak to a tee; his music is warm and homely and does not respond well to the rather tortuous style of playing to which many quartets resort.

There is of course a great deal of competition for these works and perhaps the Lindsays are no more than competitive. This is not the best recording out there and for those for whom price is not the main issue I would recommend listening to the recent Pavel Haas Quartet's issue of these works (Ops. 96 & 106) which has the advantage of vivid recorded sound and dazzling playing, albeit harder-edged.

My remarks don't detract from this CD being a value-for-money scoop.
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Dvorak: String Quartet No.12 "The American" and No.13 by The Lindsay String Quartet (Audio CD - 2008)
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