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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Box set

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Zig-Zag Territoires
  • ASIN: B00H87YH16
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Gramophone Disc of the Month!

There is no end to exploration of Beethovens riches and yet what is most compelling is that his music speaks so directly to us as human being. What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is mans yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limit and to learn the truth about himself in this process.

This cycle was a challenge we relished and which will continue enriching our lives for many years to come


...This is a major achievement, and though they will no doubt record these works again, it will always stand as a memorable set. BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

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I really enjoy this interpretation, and listen to it most days. There are minor problems, however. The reverb is annoying as it obscures the part writing, particularly in the fast and/or quiet passages. The dynamic contrasts are really violent at times: barely audible, then deafening - a problem made much worse by that ruddy reverb. Is there any reason why these works cannot be presented in their proper, i.e., chronological sequence? It's really annoying to have to search through the CD's to hear, say, the first two opus 18. Lastly, the sleeve note is a waste of paper. Read JWN Sullivan to find out why. All that said... Bloody well done chaps!
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Wonderful performances.
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Perfect
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There is no doubting the sheer quality of the Belcea's playing - and all live at that.
If you feel a but coming .......you are right.......BUT - I'm am reminded strongly of a quote
from the artist Henri Matisse .... " EXACTITUDE IS NOT TRUTH ".
Thereby hangs my only problem with this set.
All too often I feel the concerns over the exactitude of playing get in the way of the truth behind and within the music.
For that, turn to the Vegh quartet.
The extremes in dynamics - and I mean extremes - sound very self conscious and thus detach from the music.
I'm very glad to own this set - along with many others - as these mountain top works can hold many differing
views within their compass.
But THE set ? no,
One to enjoy for what it offers ? - [ which, don't get me wrong, is much -
many times I thought "I've never heard that part[s] of the writing before" etc....you'll learn a lot ] ....Definitely Yes.
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There are many fine performaces of the Beethoven string quartets these days. My favourites include the Lindsays, the Berg, the Italian and the Takacs. Some of this music is arguably the finest ever written. It plumbs the very depths of humanity itself. So it would be banal and foolish to claim a best performance for any one traversal of all Beethoven's quartets. But if someone wants to get the works played superbly, with every note audible and the balance between the 4 instruments well nigh perfect, then this box is the one to buy. And since this box costs only £24 for music that will satisfy for a lifetime I can only heartily recommend it. The instruments are recorded rather close - but the players make few if any extraneous noises (unlike Peter Cropper's sniffs on the excellent performances by the Lindsays). The sound is opulent and not tiringly close like that sometimes on the equally excellent Berg performances. Apart from the astonishing unanimity and balance of these performances the thing that struck me most about them was the extreme of dynamic range that was explored. If you know the works well, buy this box: it will help you explore the works more deeply. If you have never heard them - buy this box - no other will reveal the music to you so clearly for so little outlay. Even if you have the wonderful Takacs recordings which I thought would never be surpassed it is worth buying these for the different view obtained. Musically this box is sensationally good. However it should be pointed out that the labels on the individual cds are written totally in Japanese so it is not possible (for those of us without the ability to read Japanese) to see what is the music on each disc.Read more ›
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Only listened to some of it so far but really stimulating...thoroughly glad I purchased it...and look forward to repeated listenings.
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