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Alban Berg Quartet: Beethoven String Quartets, Vol. 2


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Classics
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ95NU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered to be the greatest and most powerful testaments to the chamber music genre. The Alban Berg Quartett had already made studio recordings of all the Beethoven quartets for EMI Classics when the players thought they should risk remaking the cycle live for both audio and video. Recorded at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, these 1989 readings represent the quartet at their best; they are more intense and spontaneous than the studio efforts, and convey the atmosphere of their concerts.

Volume 2 is presented on two DVDs: DVD 1 – Op. 127; Op. 59, No. 1. DVD 2 – Op. 18, No. 2; Op. 95; Op. 132.

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0, LPCM 2.0.
Booklet: Electronic PDF booklet in English, French, German, Spanish.
Format: All discs are DVD9.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Fox on October 13, 2012
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I thought the performances of the Berg String Quartet were great. The visuals are very good-close-ups of the
appropriate artists and longer shots when needed. The sound is also very good. This was my
first DVD of chamber music, and I plan to buy more.
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In 1989, the Alban Berg Quartet, then in their prime, but now sadly disbanded (2008), gave a series of live concerts encompassing all of Beethoven’s String Quartets in the Konzerthaus of their home city, Vienna, where they all served as professors at the Academy of Music. It is something of a miracle that this encounter between what many would claim to be the greatest music ever written, and one of the 20th Century’s finest quartets, was superbly filmed and recorded by ORF, and made available to music-lovers all over the world by EMI. I refer new readers to some generalizations I made in my review of the first of the 3 Volumes that constitute these recordings.
Each volume has two discs. The first disc of Vol 2 begins with Op 127 that ushers in the last five and greatest of the quartets. It does have a rather tentative quality, as if the composer had certain doubts, and less self-confidence than in the works that came after. The two outer movements have some roughness in the composition that was reflected in the playing. This was evident in the tutti, and fortissimo passages, where the cohesion of the instruments was not always as seamless as in the best hands. The two middle movements were free of this fault, because their compositions were so very different. The instruments weaved their way in and out through intricate patterns usually involving no more than 2 or 3 at a time, apart from the climaxes. The results were sheer magic, at their very best in the quietest sections of the score, when the flexible harmonic lines and the minor but exquisitely nuanced volume changes took your breath away.
The rest of the disc was taken up with Op 59 No 1, first of the middle-period Razumovsky quartets. Its technical demands are less than those of Op 127.
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 17, 2006
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This performance of the quartets is excellent. The video however could be improved. The camera is often not where I

would like it to be. I presume that budget (or lack of budget)

prevented enough cameras or direction of where to vocus the camera.
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