Started by BachQ, April 07, 2007, 03:23:22 AM
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Quote from: Jo498 on March 05, 2023, 11:09:14 AMApparently I was wrong. The "green" DG does NOT overlap so much with the Amadeus set below, only the sextets are with the Amadeus. The quartets and piano/clarinet quintets are with the Emersons, string quintets with Hagen+Caussé.So unlike the Amadeus centered "grey set" it's a rather haphazard collection.I only know some of the Hyperion, the sextets are very good.Of the Brilliant set I know the clarinet pieces and trios. They are all first rate. I suspect that the Tokyo quartet quartets are also very good.
Quote from: Herman on March 05, 2023, 12:18:13 PMI'm not too hot about Leister's way with Brahms.I'm guessing he's in the DG sets.
Quote from: Jo498 on March 06, 2023, 12:10:04 AMHerman's opinion on Leister is pretty much a minority one. Leister recorded this stuff 3-5 times and is generally recognized as one the best clarinetists of the second half of the 20th century.
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 05, 2023, 07:15:11 AMAll this talk of Brahms' chamber works has made me want to get another set (leaning towards the 11 disc DG set as it includes some of the Amadeus SQ recordings that I had given away to a friend years ago):
Quote from: Spotted Horses on March 06, 2023, 09:30:42 AMI had the DG set and find it unrewarding because I don't particularly like the Amadeus Quartet (the word the comes to mind is unctuous) and because I find the old DG sound for string quartets, quintets, sextets, etc, to be extremely strident and unpleasant. Of course, this is a matter of personal taste, and of course if you had the set you know if you like it.Some of my favorite Brahms chamber music recordings are on Hyperion, so that would be a no brainer for me (if I didn't have it all on individual releases). The Raphael Ensemble is superb, as are the Florestan Trio. I guess the CDs are out of print but Hyperion sells the download on its site for a fair price (if you do downloads).
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 06, 2023, 09:42:00 AMPreviously having that set, I did not find the Amadeus Qt playing "unctuous". Although, I did find the overall sound on that set to be a little "high pitched", so the term strident is appropos. Nevertheless, I became accustomed to it and if it did bother me at one point, it eventually didn't.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on March 06, 2023, 09:54:34 AMNow you're making me regret I got rid of it. That was before I started ripping CDs. Actually this is the one I had.Does anyone know if either of the subsequent to box sets are new masters of the Amadeus material?I should clarify that I was under the mistaken impression that the Brahms "collectors edition" and that green box were the same, my comments apply to the older collectors edition.
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 06, 2023, 10:05:01 AMThe previous Amadeus set I had was the grey steps cover with purple side trim.
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 05, 2023, 07:15:11 AMThis set includes mostly French musicians, a newer set:
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 07, 2023, 09:03:45 AMAlso, in regards to Brahms' Piano Quintet, Op. 34, are there any recordings for it in the String Quintet form?
Quote from: Spotted Horses on March 07, 2023, 09:18:51 AMI thought Brahms destroyed it and there are only attempts at reconstruction (I could be wrong). The two piano version is a masterpiece and I may prefer it to the piano quintet version.
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