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The performances are worthy of the works!
on 19 January 2000
These works were ground-breaking in their time, and this recording is a landmark production, making the quartets available at an extremely reasonable price. I was not altogether unreservedly happy with the performance - the Medici's string tone, while pleasant, is unconventional, and I feel that it does not quite suit these pieces. The late quartets, with their unrelenting vivacity and brilliance of invention, are superbly brought off, but in the earlier works, which are less consistent in quality, one gets the impression that the players were not quite as enthusiastic as they might have been. The recording, as we have come to expect from Nimbus, is excellent; very good, clear sound quality and a pervasive sense of space and presence combine to bring the performances to life throughout. These CDs are worthwhile recordings by any standard - but at this price, the set is practically irresistible.