Started by BachQ, April 07, 2007, 03:23:22 AM
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Quote from: Spotted Horses on March 07, 2023, 09:30:49 AMThe conversation has sort of convinced me I need the Amadeus Quartet versions, since they were the first I heard of this music and I have a sentimental urge to listen to them again (especially since there seems to be a newer master in the more recent release).
Quote from: Spotted Horses on March 11, 2023, 10:27:24 PMI received the Brahms/Amadeus set and a quick sample contradicts my memory that the audio was strident or in some way unpleasant. I will be reacquainting myself with these recordings. My two favorite recordings of the Sextets have been the Raphael Ensemble and Archibudelli.
Quote from: Herman on March 11, 2023, 11:07:29 PMThere's also a DG Original Masters box, seven CDs of early Fifties Amadeus Qt recordings, including the two op. 51 quartets and the op. 67.Other CDs are Haydn and Schubert. It's a 2003 release, so I'm not optimistic about availability
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: kyjo on March 15, 2023, 04:58:22 PM+1 The Amadeus Quartet recordings of Brahms' chamber music were my first encounters with this corner of the repertoire, and they turned me off to these wonderful works for several years, until I started exploring other, less "stodgy" performances.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on March 15, 2023, 06:35:39 PMActually I got disenchanted with them after hearing some more recent interpretations such as the Raphael Ensemble, but after revisiting them it seems like I am growing attached to them again.
Quote from: Jo498 on March 16, 2023, 10:08:34 AMEverything in classical music was played in tuxedos until very recently. Interestingly, when people started wearing them they did so to become "neutral" as it was the standard evening wear, so the orchestra or quartet would simply wear what almost everyone else was wearing (not everyone because 120 years ago there would be officers in colorful dress uniforms etc.).And I doubt that the Busch, Budapest, or Juilliard quartet (although at least the last ones were doing a lot of modern/contemporary) were any less serious. I don't really see how the Amadeus Q. playing Brahms and Mozart prevented any other ensemble from playing whatever the great British SQs of the 20th century might be...
QuoteThis is an area I am particularly interested in - the "lost" British Chamber music of the inter-War years.
Quote from: San Antone on March 16, 2023, 10:56:09 AMHave you heard any of the Maggini Quartet recordings of British composers? They have released probably a dozen or more recordings devoted to most of the major British composers (and some not so well known) and their string quartets.ElgarBrittenRubbraAlwynMaxwell DaviesBerkeleyArnoldRawsthorneBlissBridgeBaxWaltonVaughan WilliamsMoeran
Quote from: Roasted Swan on March 16, 2023, 12:51:57 PMThe Maggini survey was excellent but none of these composers represent the "lost" compositions I was referring to. Try the Edric Cundell for example ......
Quote from: Mandryka on March 27, 2023, 11:37:35 AMListening to the first quartet today, I kind of felt this was classical music at its worst. The form, with its repetitions and variations of themes, just seemed to rob the 20 minutes or so of the quartet's duration of all its potential interest. All the sounds, rhythms, melodies in a straightjacket. Brahms, let music be free! Frei aber froh!It was the Dudok recording that I heard.
Quote from: Madiel on March 27, 2023, 03:10:07 PMThe quartets are excellent. When I first listened to them I didn't get the hate.
Quote from: Luke on March 27, 2023, 03:28:04 PMI didn't, and I still don't. I don't recognise the quartets from that description - to me, the opposite is true, really: there is no straightforward repetition, instead there is what Schoenberg called Developing Variation
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