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5.0 out of 5 stars A+, 10 July 2010
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This review is from: Beethoven: Late String Quartets (Audio CD)
I recently purchased these remastered versions of the Busch set, having had the original EMI CD version (which didnt contain the Op 130 and 133- so bravo for getting together with Sony and including that in this new set)

I am very impressed by the remastering, which has all but eliminated tape hiss from these historic recordings without, in my view, sacrificing fidelity to the recorded performance.

For me, these great recordings have never sounded better.

At the time of writing they are priced on Amazon at about 13, which for such a seminal recording of the late quartets (plus the Op95!) is staggering.

They are not my favorite recordings of the late quartets, but they certainly deserve their legendary status, and of course merit exploration by anyone who loves this music.

Amazing value for money.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2012 16:43:51 BDT
H K Cocker says:
1. It's not clear how many and which works are included in the set. Is, for instance, Op 132 one of them?
2. If these aren't your favorite recordings of the late quartets, which are? How do you rate the Amadeus set?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 16:50:22 BDT
LR says:
Hi- this set includes 127/130/131/132/133/135- however the 133 is a seperate recording with larger ensemble. Re the Amadeus, I consider their 135 to be amoung the finest recordings of this work. In other late qyartets they are a bit uninspired imho, although thier 132 is quite good. Impossible to have a favorite set of late quartets, but if I had to choose it would be from amoungst these: Vegh stereo, Quartetto Italiano, Hollywood Quartet, Vermeer Quartet. But the Busch is essential too :) thier 131 may be unsurpassed.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 17:22:53 BDT
H K Cocker says:
Thank you, LR, for replying so promptly. After hearing the Amadeus 132 in my earphones a good ten years, I finally saw it performed at the Wigmore last week by the Tokyo Quartet--almost briskly, I thought, in comparison to the sublime drone of the Amadeus' Dankgesang. Though my 'sublime' may be your 'vulgar'.

In any case I shall confidently order the Busch on the strength of your recommendation.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 22:05:49 BDT
LR says:
enjoy HK- I'd take the amadeus over the tokyo anyday :)
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