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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-hear, 31 Mar 2014
This review is from: Britten: String Quartets [Takács Quartet] [Hyperion: CDA68004] (Audio CD)
Is there anything the Takacs Quartet play which does not intellectually stimulate, emotionally perturb ( in the best sense), and spiritually elevate? This is a phenomenal recording, which doesn't just demand to be heard, but to be listened to again and again in order to absorb the full impact of the passionate and committed playing - the profoundly spiritual and unflinching interpretations (from first track to last) - the intricacies of the sound-picture, so beautifully captured (Hyperion does it again!!) - and surely performances that BB (the sternest critic) would have been proud of. You can almost sense Britten's failing health in the 'Solo' of the 3rd Quartet, and it knocked me utterly sideways...like no performance or recording before. Please, please, buy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 26 Jun 2014
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What wonderful interpretations of great works also the sound quality is a joy to listen to you, if you are looking for a recording which will stand the test of time then you have found it.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 21 Nov 2013
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This CD has been widely lauded by critics and for good reason. It is a superb recording by an unparalleled Quartet. The Takacs make it seem as if the music could be played in no other way; I have their late Beethoven quartets which surpassed and replaced other versions I had. I don't know Britten's three quartets yet but I feel as if I'm in the best possible hands to introduce me: if they're playing them, then they must prove rewarding. The initial steps on my listening journey certainly inspire every confidence and challenge my reliance on the Arditti and Kronos Quartets for great modern classics.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to mark Britten's centenary, 14 Dec 2013
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Recommended to Britten enthusiasts. Good collection of his string Quartets. Bought, and given as a gift to mark Britten's centenary.
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