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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, wonderfully played
This is one of the great recoridngs of 20th century music. All credit to Brilliant Classics for rescuing them from the DG catalogue. The playing is fiery and accurate, and the recordings are as punchy and assertive as most of the music. From the post-Wagnerian melos of the first Schoenberg quartet op. 7 to the eery suggestions of material in Webern's op. 9 Bagatelles, the...
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by Camberwick Green is Puppets

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's who?
Schoenberg is a most difficult composer to comment on. So are Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Listening to the works on this CD reminds me of an elderly lady standing in front of a Kandinsky painting. She says pedantically "I don't like this it's childish rubbish!
What she should have said is 'I don't understand this". I like both Kandinsky and this CD. as a...
Published 10 months ago by Charles J. Morris


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, wonderfully played, 7 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets (Audio CD)
This is one of the great recoridngs of 20th century music. All credit to Brilliant Classics for rescuing them from the DG catalogue. The playing is fiery and accurate, and the recordings are as punchy and assertive as most of the music. From the post-Wagnerian melos of the first Schoenberg quartet op. 7 to the eery suggestions of material in Webern's op. 9 Bagatelles, the LaSalle Quartet play beautifully and idiomatically. But the star of the show is Margaret Price, the soloist in the final two movement's of the second Schoenberg quartet. Price was at the time a rising star who made a point of performing this corner of the repertoire, and her radiant voice makes this difficult music sound sublime. A fantastic set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference recordings of the Schoenberg, Berg and Webern quartets, 2 Aug 2012
This review is from: Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets (Audio CD)
The LaSalle Quartet offers reference recordings of the quartets of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. The players produce a cultivated but wonderfully clear and transparent sound. They play expressively throughout but without ever sentimentalizing the music. A piece like Berg's Lyric Suite benefits enormously from such a clear-headed approach; the LaSalle players do not understate the strong emotions suggested by the music, but also emphasize its musical sophistication: listen for instance to the Presto fifth movement for a perfect example of how a clear-headed, 'analytical', approach can actually enhance the impact of the music. They play Webern as to the manner born, and invest the abstract textures of Opus 28 with elegance and real musicality. And they play the Schoenberg quartets as the canonical pieces that these deserve to be, making sense of both the post-Wagnerian chromatic harmonies of Opus 7 and the strictly serial writing in the later pieces. None of this is easy music, of course, save for the genial early D major quartet by Schoenberg that sounds like an utterly charming joint effort by Brahms and Dvorak. But all of this music happens to be immensely rewarding and even enjoyable, and the LaSalle players do it proud. On top of it all, Margaret Price gives definitive performances of the two songs from Schoenberg's Opus 10. At Brilliant's modest asking price, this is not to be missed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 13 Aug 2010
This review is from: Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets (Audio CD)
This 4 CD box is a real gem. An excellent introduction to the chamber music of these composers, and a collection for people who love the work of these three and just cannot get enough. The Lasalle quartet delivers an impeccable version, dynamic, subtle. Margaret Price' interpretation of Schoenberg leaves nothing to be desired. To be enjoyed again and again whatever mood you're in.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required listening!, 19 Oct 2011
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If you check any critical source, you'll find that these recordings are highly prized by critics and other interested parties alike. That's because the LaSalle Quartet are clearly at home in this repertoire, and make a very convincing case if any were needed for this most stimulating area of early/ mid- Twentieth European music. So, if like me, you are dipping your toe in this area or are a more experienced collector, there is a musical treasure trove awaiting your inspection!

True to their brand name 'Brilliant' have done the customer proud- great presentation, worthwhile booklet and superior re-mastering job makes this collection a real bargain. It is good to note that
these recordings originate from 1970- but you'd be hard pressed to know it - I promise you.

Also: check out the Zemlinsky Quartets by the the Lasalle Quartet Zemlinsky - String Quartets
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading product information from Amazon, 8 July 2014
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Great music, yes, but Amazon need to make it clear in their product information when recordings were made. These come from the late 1960s and, while I'm sure it's true that they are 'reference recordings', recording techniques have obviously come a long way since then. Come on Amazon, it's misleading just to put the release date of the latest edition. You can do better than that.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's who?, 22 Oct 2013
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Charles J. Morris "Obelix" (Melbourne Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets (Audio CD)
Schoenberg is a most difficult composer to comment on. So are Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Listening to the works on this CD reminds me of an elderly lady standing in front of a Kandinsky painting. She says pedantically "I don't like this it's childish rubbish!
What she should have said is 'I don't understand this". I like both Kandinsky and this CD. as a painter I understand Kandinsky. he is a painters painter These String Quartets are obviously very and carefully scripted and very well played but, not being a musician who has studied music, I have to admit that I do not understand it. This is a very interesting disc and I like it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets, 26 May 2013
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I. P. Cheneour "paul cheneour" (Dover UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schoenberg; Berg; Webern - String Quartets (Audio CD)
These are excellent string quartets well written and well played, I can recommend them as part of a library of quartet music to study
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