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Mozart: The String Quintets (DG The Originals)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I bought these discs for my other half for Christmas. We went to hear the Brodsky Quartet play them last year in St. Andrews (with Scott Dickinson, the BBCSSO's superb principle viola as the 'extra' member) and have spent many happy hours exploring this wonderful music.

This is very much Mozart playing of the old school. The tone is (perhaps) sugary and there is some portamento which is perhaps a bit old fashioned. (Although it's an art which seems to be be coming back). The tempi are well judged and give the music time to breath.

These discs must be historic but there will surely always be a place for such communicative performances.

Super!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2012
Time audits our labours. The Amadeus Quartet served their day honourably. These performances of Mozart's string quintets with Cecil Aronowitz were recorded in the late Sixties. How have they aged?

The Colossi of Memnon, sad to say, are holding up better. I am no fan of the Amadeus Quartet per se. The cellist, violist and second violinist are a shade anonymous as players. Norbert Brainin is the binary opposite but he so grates on the ear - one can never mistake him for Siegmund Nissel. As an ensemble, there is a lumpiness to the playing which brings porridge to mind. It is bewildering that anyone could trumpet their virtues unless nostalgia is brought into play. For whatever reason, DG never did the Amadeus Quartet any favours; be they shrill, synthetic or shallow, their recordings are never state-of-the-art. These performances are no exception.

Turn your attention to K 614 - a masterpiece in anyone's language. Does anyone really think this is how to play its slow movement - rough and ready with little or no surface sheen or integration in depth? Such be the rawness, the Amadeus could almost pass as a quartet fresh from the conservatorium. K 174 is devoid of finesse. Throughout this survey, I am astounded by the inability of the Amadeus Quartet (and their ring-in) to convey "stillness in motion" - to wit, their semi-prosaic renditions of the slow movements of the C Major and the G Minor. I like their pacing in the first movement of the latter, even if they fail to convey the tempest in its recapitulation; Grumiaux and gang, among others, trump them at this point. Like so many other accounts, the performance of K 406 fails to banish memories of Mozart's original arrangement for winds.

The Grumiaux alternative is far preferable. Longevity is theirs. Mozart-Complete String Quintets
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
I still have these on LP and thought it was about time I replaced them This recordig is performed by the Heutling Quintet, but couldn't find it on Amazon, so opted for this performance which is excellent.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2013
I found the product to be exactly as described and am very pleased with it - I would recommend you to my friends
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
Bought as a gift, my friend likes Mozart but I don't think that this CD was a particularly good example of his work.
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