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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14700 on: June 03, 2018, 10:54:50 AM »
... Chiaroscuro Quartet?

I heard them in concert last Sunday and wasn't really convinced - the cello was just about there, the viola not - they had a nice sound as a group, but then again quite often it felt like a star with accompaniment and the accompanying voices were too low for my taste. The reviews I read mostly were of a different opinion though, but I can't help it. So I am wondering, is there a release of theirs that I should explore and that may change my impression?
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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14701 on: June 04, 2018, 07:06:30 AM »
... Chiaroscuro Quartet?

I heard them in concert last Sunday and wasn't really convinced - the cello was just about there, the viola not - they had a nice sound as a group, but then again quite often it felt like a star with accompaniment and the accompanying voices were too low for my taste. The reviews I read mostly were of a different opinion though, but I can't help it. So I am wondering, is there a release of theirs that I should explore and that may change my impression?

The sound they make is is indeed very blended and there is no real sense of individuality of the voices, in Haydn I thought was really revealing because it seemed to be a much more nuanced way of presenting the music, rather than as a the gutsy or playful drama. I prefer their way. The other aspect is that their style is rather meditative, which again I think is revealing In Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, who are more often played more physically than inwardly.
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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14702 on: June 04, 2018, 07:50:48 AM »
The sound they make is is indeed very blended and there is no real sense of individuality of the voices, in Haydn I thought was really revealing because it seemed to be a much more nuanced way of presenting the music, rather than as a the gutsy or playful drama. I prefer their way. The other aspect is that their style is rather meditative, which again I think is revealing In Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, who are more often played more physically than inwardly.

Interesting points for sure, thanks for your reply!

What has me wondering though: that concert series started with the Doric Quartet and they opened with Haydn. And their sound is relying heavily on cello and viola as foundation of the entire group - which for me really worked well (I bought one of their Haydn two-disc sets on Chandos later on, haven't yet listened). Also two weeks before I heard the Kuss Quartet (doing Beethoven) and they were great. Maybe the blended sound of the Chiaroscuro Quartet just isn't for me, after all? However, reading them up you get raves about the drama (after all, that's what chiaroscuro is about, effect, right?) and about the tons of nuances in between the dark and the bright ... and somehow that was lost on me.

Would you have a specific recording to recommend? It's unlikely I'm going to hear them do any Haydn in concert (or hear them in concert) all too soon (they are, at least, not scheduled for the 2018/19 season around here).
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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14703 on: June 05, 2018, 11:22:18 AM »


Johann Sonnleitner and Stefan Müller play Art of Fugue on two clavichords.
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