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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything seems right., 21 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Beethoven: The Late String Quartets (DECCA The Originals) (Audio CD)
I don't have any other performances to compare to the Quartetto Italiano recording of the Late String Quartets. Nevertheless, in the past I've bought, or listened to, so-called great recordings of classical music and found they were either performed idiosyncratically or sounded flat. This recording sounds excellent. I can almost smell the rosewood of the instruments. Everything about the performance seems right. Beethoven is what I hear, nothing interferes with it. If you're unsure which recording to buy, this one won't disappoint.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2010 15:45:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2010 10:22:14 GMT
DMH says:
I share your view of the merits of the Italian Quartet in the late Beethoven string quartets. There is a natural, unforced quality to their playing that means the listener is free to concentrate on the music, rather than the performances. The original recordings were of very high quality, too. My first choice for the late quartets remains those by the Vegh Quartet, who seem to me to offer even greater depths than the Italians find (the Vegh cycle is available as a complete set of all Beethoven's string quartets).

A minus point for this 3 disc set is that the quartet op 130 is on disc 2, while the original finale (the Grosse Fuge, op 133) is located on disc 3. If like me you prefer to hear Beethoven's first thoughts, and want to hear the Grosse Fuge as the finale to op 130, you have to manually stop disc 2 before the alternative finale starts, swap disc 2 for disc 3, and then manually select the Grosse Fuge! Personally this rules out this set for me and I'd rather have the the full set of quartets on 10 discs to avoid this issue.

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 09:49:20 GMT
There isn't any rosewood in violins, violas or cellos - unless they're cheap Chinese ones.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012 00:17:21 GMT
Guy Whit says:
Know all. Or not?
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