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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first class complete set of string quartet recordings,
The Hagen quartet provide an excellent cycle of the Mozart string quartets here on this first class product.
The Product itself has seven discs contained in a slim card box which is less than an inch thick. Each of the discs is contained in its own card sleeve with black and white art work that mirrors the yellow and black art work on the box.
There is also a booklet with the yellow and black art work on the front. It is informative on the track listing for each disc, Mozart and the individual sets of string quartets and the recordings themselves. There are some photos and alternative language text.
The recordings are excellent. They are all performed by the same performers and recorded by the same team of engineers between 1991 and 2004. The digital sound offers consistency in terms of sound, balance and tone offering an advantage over some other sets. All the recordings are collected here in a great package.
Both lead violin by Lukas Hagen and the other three performers do not use over the top vibrato. Also I suspect that some people may find the tempo slightly on the fast side but I did not find this a problem. And instead found the performance generally across the quartets to be superb. There is excellent phrasing and intonation as well a great sense of expression and atmosphere. There is much body to the sound of this quartet. The string quartets are in excellent hands.
This is an excellent way to collect the complete set of Mozart String Quartets.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mozart playing,
This is a terrific box of all Mozart's String Quartets plus Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, the Bach fugues which Mozart arranged and two of Mozart's Adagios and Fugues. It's a collection of superb music, excellently played by one of the world's leading string quartets.
In my view, some of Mozart's finest music is here. I have to say that although the earlier quartets have a great deal of charm and it's good to have them, I do find they pale beside the great later quartets, which I think are works of true genius. In particular, the set he dedicated to Haydn and the Prussian Quartets are works of real depth and innovation and are they immensely pleasurable to listen to. I have a number of recordings, including Quatuor Mosaiques, Quartetto Italiano and the Amadeus Quartet, and I think these renditions by the Hagens stand very well beside those other great recordings.
The Hagen Quartet are superb musicians with excellent technique and flawless intonation. Their use of vibrato is restrained and, I think, ideal for this repertoire. Similarly, their phrasing and careful use of rubato shapes the music perfectly so that Mozart's wonderful structures shine through and aren't obscured by over-expressive gestures. There is often an audible twinkle and zest in their playing but they generate genuine passion and emotion, too (K421 is something quite special, I think). I would characterise this set as perhaps a little less austere than Quartetto Italiano, and a little cheerier and more vigorous than Quatuor Mosaiques. I love all three sets in their different ways and which is best for you will depend on your personal taste.
For a complete set of Mozart's String Quartets I really don't think you can go wrong with this box. They are beautifully played and excellently recorded, and the extras are a real pleasure, too. Even if, like me, you have a number of recordings already I'd say this is well worth getting; it has a fresh and very enjoyable feel and offers some new insights, too, and at this price for 7 CDs it's an absolute steal. Very warmly recommended.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart String Quartets - aural heaven!,
This CD box set is a fabulous one with supreme performances at a really attractive price. NOONE who loves this music should hestitate for a second but should snap it up while stocks last - there'll be no disappointments only unalloyed joy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart Chamber Music,
A distinctive packaging for distinctive music.The instruments can be heard individually with the utmost clarity. A feeling of separate identities but totally united as a group with an obvious respect and care for the Mozart creations.
The music itself has delightful rhythms and melodies. The problem is moving through the 106 tracks - the urge to hear the first few quartets time and again means slow progress in hearing them all. A good problem!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear,
A well played version of the String Quartets. Detailled sound, good recording. And The Hagen Quartet sure knows their Mozart. Each time I put in the CD player I find new aspects of this wonderful music.
17 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough,
This is a stunning piece from Deutsche Grammophon. The purity and brilliance of these recordings is breathtaking. One of the finest pieces in my collection. A real must have.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know, it's only classical music but i like it !!,
It's Mozart, it's the Hagen quartet, it's a DG recording. That's all..... Buy it even if you're not a classical music expert.
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