Beethoven:Complete String Quartets (8 CD set) Box set, Import
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Reviews often make a comment similar to the one in the Penguin review quoted by another reviewer, "That intonation is not always perfect matters little in relation to the wisdom and experience conveyed". I agree about the wisdom and experience, but not about the intonation. I have listened to the recordings endlessly and, more importantly, so has my wife who is much more musically acute than me. Neither of us has ever identified any failure of intonation. If anyone actually has, I should be interested to know chapter and verse! My suspicion is that reviewers too often skim rather than listen deeply - and that this particular slur was made by an early (aurally challenged?) reviewer and has been repeated by successive hacks just in case there is any blemish in the recording that they failed to notice. After all, 8 hours 46 minutes of music is quite a lot to listen to carefully if you've got a publishing deadline to meet.
Buy in the confidence that there is no greater recording and no greater music. Listen to the third movement of the 15th Quartet - the "Hymn of thanksgiving" - and you will hear the most sublime playing of the most sublime music in all history.
I should add that I believe the extensive notes by Brigitte Massin that were in the booklet in the earlier box set are also included in this one. They are a model of what notes about great music should be (and also contain a couple of very funny quotes from Beethoven himself).
Buy it - but not at this price and not from Amazon until they bring their price down.
Just don't know how Amazon can charge £64 (they're usually very competitively priced) when other online UK stores have it on offer at just over £25. (and even when that offer finishes you'll still be looking at just £35)
NB. Gramophone Magazine's retailer of choice(readers know to whom I refer) are charging £32.75 for this set,and you'll pay postage on top.Act now,get this from Amazon...or should that be Amazin',at this bargain price?
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