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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Heaven., 12 April 2013
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This review is from: Haydn: String Quartets Opus 74 (Audio CD)
The major shortcoming of Amazon's star system is that it's limited to five whereas this disc deserves about five hundred and one. Plus a bouquet.

I have never experimented with hard drugs but I seriously doubt anything else you could experience would make you as happy as listening to this disc. Haydn surpasses himself: the quartets were written in the middle of the London Symphonies and you can hear not only how inventive and expert he is but how much he is enjoying being successful. One brilliant, gorgeous idea after another: in its own terms, this music rivals Beethoven's. But that's half the story; the playing of the Takacs is revelatory. I was lucky enough to see them playing Haydn here in Cambridge recently and they literally danced their performance. There is absolute unanimity between the four players: total understanding of and sympathy with with what Haydn is saying and the consummate virtuosity to enable them to share that with an audience. The balance between voices is exemplary as this fine recording will show you. Every other quartet I have heard, with the exception of the Vegh, has one player who is slightly less distinguished, a tad less technically polished than the rest. The Takacs are like one person divided into four. The leader is inspired and technically outstanding but the other three all sound like versions of him. And there is nothing narcissistic about Edward Dusinberre's playing: he is so involved in Haydn that he becomes part-composer. It makes one happy to be human: the disc is like sunshine on tap.

Buy it for any of your friends who are having a rough time. It might well save their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical nectar!, 10 Jan 2014
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I know very little about classical music, but I do know I absolutely love this collection which takes me to a calm place on a stressful day. Everyone should own a copy!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 1 Jan 2012
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This is a wonderful performance superbly recorded.A treat for all lovers of chamber music.This is the best quartet in the world
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