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  1. jukes

    jukes Forum Resident

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    5th quartet playing. Can Shostakovich be beautiful? Yes, it can. Without losing the drama.

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    My first encounter with the Shostakovich string quartets was in the eighties, with the Borodin Quartet, as I've already revealed. (Everlasting experience, somewhat as mind-bending as had been Ligeti's orchestral works, Sravinsky's "Rite" and Mahler.) I was quite sceptical with the Mandelring Q's Shostakovich, considering their fame of tonal purity and homogeneous sound. But it (the quartet) have turned out to be quite remarkable also on Shostakovich (they've recorded recently the whole Mendelssohn string quartet output, too, and Janacek's quartet's, with very fine results). Few days ago one critic praised one young contemporary string quartet - a recording of Doric SQ, actually: that it pretty much blew away all the older recordings with the supreme playing and fine quartet sound. That just prompted me to study the home library for contemporary quartets. I do like St. Petersburg SQ along with a half-generation older Hagen Quartett. But it's this weekend's listening to the Mandelring Q's Shostakovich that proved to me it to be an all-around quartet, not only a fine player of romantic repertoire.
     
  2. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    I have that set and enjoy it, too. They are slightly less abrasive than the Borodin SQ, but Audite provides better sound. I don't know if the Prazak SQ is planning a complete cycle, but I thoroughly enjoy the two discs that I have purchased:

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  3. john greenwood

    john greenwood Forum Resident

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    Figaro is such a beautifully constructed work.
     
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  4. john greenwood

    john greenwood Forum Resident

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    The clarinet concerto is eminently accessible. It kept calling to mind the Stravinsky of Petrushka and Sacre with a taste of Debussy and (of course) Gershwin for the bluesy clarinet passages with the glissandos. I didn't care for the clarinet solo in the third movement, though - found it boring. But otherwise most enjoyable.
     
  5. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Exactly, what the hell was WarnerMusic when it came to classical music? EMI would have been better off going with either UMG or Sony ...
     
  6. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    It wasn't EMI's choice. In order to get the EU Commission's approval to acquire EMI Universal had to sell parts of that company, that's why they sold EMI Classics, Virgin and Parlophone (except the Beatles' catalogue) to Warner Music. EMI - or what was left of it - had no say in it.
     
  7. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    I am too aware of how the government bureaucrats know best ... :sigh:
     
  8. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Now playing SACD2 from the following twofer, which arrived from across the pond a few days ago for a first listen ...

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  9. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    How is the SACD by Audite?
     
  10. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Well, I don't think that's a fair comment. The European Commission did this to prevent Universal from becoming too powerful and dominant on the European market, which could have had a bad effect on the competition and could ultimately have driven them (the competition) out of the market. The music would have been the victim in this case.
     
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  11. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Their entire Corelli series is wonderful--I have all of them.
     
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  12. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    The same here ... :agree:
     
  13. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Now playing CD3 - Bach Sonate a Flauto, Violino E Basso from the following box for a first listen ...

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  14. John S

    John S Forum Resident

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    This afternoon:
    Richard Strauss
    Metamorphosen
    Tod und Verklärung

    Berlin Philharmoniker
    Herbert von Karajan

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    Karajan's supernatural strings serves the music well I think.
     
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  15. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    The Avisons, collectively and in their solo recordings, seem to emphasize lyricism over drama, which isn't always a bad thing!
     
  16. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Now playing CD20, the last CD - Mozaet Coronation Mass, etc. from the following box for a first listen ...

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  17. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Drama often means exaggeration and not necessarily HIP as advertised ... :agree:
     
  18. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    How do "scholars" know about the level of intensity/drama that they used back then? THEY DON'T!
     
  19. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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  20. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Now playing CD10 - Brahms Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from the following box for a first listen ...

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  21. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    Now playing…a really clean six-eye mono…
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  22. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    I found the performances of the Freiburger Barockorchester too showman-like and question their authenticity. While I do have a few of their recordings and a DVD, they are not my go-to pieces ...
     
  23. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    Next up…nice mono two-eye...
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  24. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Now playing CD1 of the Schumann Series from the following box for a first listen ...

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  25. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    I have never cared for Zubin Mehta ...
     
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