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Late Quartets- Quartetto Italiano,
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This review is from: Beethoven: The Late Quartets, Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
I have admired the Italian Quartet's recordings of the late quartets for many years.
I have the Busch, Takacs and the Lindsay (1st version)but these are the ones I always come back to.
For me, there is such restraint and gravity in the playing- absolute seriousness and commitment. The performances are full of emotion and yet severely disciplined- there is no sentimentalism or romanticism.
I love the timbre of the Italian Quartet's sound also. Its quite dry, not too much vibrato (given the date of recording)- a claret rather than a burgandy is perhaps a good analogy. The famous "phillips sound" is beautiful to my ears and matches the Italian's aesthetic perfectly.
I had the Italian's complete quartets on LP, and have both versions of the CD rendering available- the original CD versions and the 24/96 remastered. I much prefer the original CD version over the higer bit rate remaster. The older CD's sound truer to the vynl version and are not so harsh at the top end. A slightly darker sound overall, which I prefer.
These Duo discs are the original CD version as far as I know and therefore worth getting over the more expensive remastered set imo.