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5.0 out of 5 stars Norbert Brainin lovely lovely playing
nobody close to Amadeus after all these years, they miss nothing -"authentic" or not. Last mvt of A major.....no wonder Haydn was so impressed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mozart undermined and trivialised
For decades the Amadeus Quartet were considered to be one of the great string quartets, and they were indeed capable of producing very beautiful performances. But other, younger string quartets have appeared since the demise of the Amadeus Quartet in 1987, and they have shown that a merely beautiful performance does not give the full picture. The performances in this...
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Norbert Brainin lovely lovely playing, 17 Mar 2014
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nobody close to Amadeus after all these years, they miss nothing -"authentic" or not. Last mvt of A major.....no wonder Haydn was so impressed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 11 May 2012
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I wanted a Mozart quartet set for background music purposes as they were written for. However, I was so blown away by these performances that I have to stop and listen every time.

The Amadeus quartet have Mozart in their blood and spent 40 years playing these quartets - the intonation, phrasing and balance of ensemble speaks for itself. Norbert Brainin's violin sings like a bird. Yet at the same time, these players were no strangers to hardship and sometimes I find the minor key works deeply sad and never overstated. There are highlights everywhere, the Andante of K464 has some of the most sensitive playing I have witnessed in Mozart.

You also get the three Divs here, and for the price these recordings are too good not to own. I can also strongly recommend the string quintets on DG with Cecil Aronowitz.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mozart undermined and trivialised, 26 Nov 2010
This review is from: Mozart, W.A.: The String Quartets (Audio CD)
For decades the Amadeus Quartet were considered to be one of the great string quartets, and they were indeed capable of producing very beautiful performances. But other, younger string quartets have appeared since the demise of the Amadeus Quartet in 1987, and they have shown that a merely beautiful performance does not give the full picture. The performances in this recording date from an era when Mozart's music was regarded as 'Very pretty, my dear!'. They skate over the surface of the music, reducing each movement to a trivialised dainty morsel. The complete absence of first and last movement repeats also trivialises the music - Mozart put in repeat marks for a structural purpose, and the music is greatly weakened when they are not observed. To hear the full depth and import of this music, and to hear how magnificent it sounds when the repeats are observed, go to the Mosaiques Quartet's recordings. Their performance of the first movement of K421, for example, is a broad, brooding, rich-textured, sorrowful meditation, worlds apart from the superficiality, the dainty sweetness of the Amadeus Quartet. With the Mosaiques, the true depth of this extraordinary music is fully revealed, and the result is a far richer and more powerful experience.
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