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  • Amadeus Quartet With William Pleeth Play Schubert String Quintet in C/Britten String Quartet No. 3
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Amadeus Quartet With William Pleeth Play Schubert String Quintet in C/Britten String Quartet No. 3


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Testament UK
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7XJF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Lefebure on December 1, 2005
Much better than the accompanying Britten SQ No. 2/ Trout Quintet. Note: String Quintet in C not Quartet as the item says. Also: for a digital CD, try Alban Berg Quartet's version!
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David Goldberg is absolutely correct regarding the really poor quality of the filming of this concert. It's very amateurishly shot....extended shots from a distance and from the side where you're viewing the back of half the group and few closeups. Frankly, long parts of it look like it was shot by someone in the audience holding up an iPhone. It's somewhat surprising since it lists John Culshaw as the director! He was certainly a legendary record producer but obviously his genius did not extend to film.

However the real value of this DVD is that it documents Britten's Third String Quartet played by the players for whom it was written and with whom Britten had a long working relationship. And this performance was filmed shortly (within a year) after the premiere of the work.

If it weren't for the historical aspect this DVD would probably rate two stars if even that; however due to the historical aspect I'm giving it four stars for Britten enthusiasts. If you're more interested in the Schubert I would pass.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David M. Goldberg on April 22, 2013
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There is no finer piece of chamber music than Schubert's String Quintet --------- this heart-wrenching emotionally-draining torrent of melody that haunts both mind and soul long after the last notes have died away. It is one of my favourite works in any medium, and while I count the Prades Festival performance by Casals and Company the finest ever, this is the next best, and I have vinyls of both in my record collection. I had hoped that the sound quality of this DVD would surpass that of my old vinyl version, but it was not to be. In fact, it is inferior if anything. Well then, I would have the pleasure of seeing my old friends on stage in person, and that, surely, would be worth a great deal? In fact, it is worth very little. Firstly, the Amadeus in their public persona come across with the aloof and reserved demeanour befitting their British naturalization, in place of the gemuetlichkeit that should have been their Austrian birthright. All of the sturm und drang are in the sounds they produce and are not reflected in their physical movements. This contrasts with more recent DVDs ( Lindsays, Alban Berg, Julliard, etc.) where the camera work greatly adds to the thrill of the music itself because there is some action for it to record. There is little in the way of eye contact or any other interaction during theses performances ------ indeed it is hard to see how Norbert Brainin could make eye contact with anyone since his entire face was blanketed by his enormous mop of hair throughout. Close-ups and facial views are rare, and I would stand no chance of recognizing any of the players if I had bumped into them in a narrow lane on a dark night after watching this DVD were it not that I have seen and heard them many times in small intimate chamber-music settings.Read more ›
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