I've been listening to a lot of String Quartets recently. I like their concentration and purity. They often seem to say as much as a Symphony, but using a lot fewer instruments.
This thread is for talking about your favourite String Quartets - any favourite pieces, any favourite recordings?
I have the complete Shostakovich Quartets by the Shostakovich Quartet. Although the sound isn't as good as the Borodin Quartet recordings, it seems to me more Russian - more emotion, even if less refined. I've been listening to the Villa-Lobos Quartets - he wrote 17 - some of the middle ones - 6,7, 8 are quite attractive, and fairly substantial. I've heard Simpson's 7th and 13th Quartets - very impressive - , stark, icy and intense. Any more suggestions for Simpson's Quartets?
I have the complete String Quartet music of the Second Viennese School - Berg is best for me.
Carter's Quartets are challenging but nonetheless interesting and reward repeated hearings.
And not forgetting the late Beethoven Quartets - any favourite peformances?
I'd like to try Haydn too, but haven't quite got round to him yet. Any suggestions for a starting point?
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