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Janacek: String Quartets 1 & 2; Wolf: Italian Serenade Import


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Product Details

  • Performer: Hagen Quartet
  • Audio CD (April 6, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000E4EJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on October 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are familiar with Janacek's quartets this disc may take you a little aback. Some of the sound-effects, particularly from the leader, are pretty extraordinary. At any rate they are to me, accustomed as I am to the eponymous Janacek Quartet in their recording from the 60's. I am already familiar with the Hagens' work from their outstanding set of the Bartok quartets, and I had always previously thought of Janacek as much the more conservative and traditional composer of the two. In this opinion I had reckoned without the Hagens. These two works are much of a muchness in both expression and construction. They express the seemingly extreme passion of a man in his 60's and 70's for a woman he rarely met and knew principally through correspondence, and the second quartet never actually had its first public performance until after his death at the age of 74. This is not the kind of passion that finds expression to any great extent in poetry, let alone in music, let alone in string quartets. I am that sort of age myself, and I'm quite sure I wouldn't know how to put it across if it were up to me. I was all the more curious, therefore, to hear how a group of ultra-talented youngsters might go about it.

These accounts are not characterised by understatement. Everything, but everything, is hyped from beginning to end. From a glance at the back of the record-box you would get a superficial impression of two quartets in four-movement formats like Haydn's or Brahms's. They are nothing like that even in a `standard' performance. The music is constantly interrupted by passionate expostulations, there are constant changes of tempo apparent even from an outline description, and continuity or fluency in either the structure or the expression seems to be the last thing the composer was after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JeremyKittel on November 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the heaviest string quartet recordings I have EVER heard. I checked out other versions of the 1st piece here by many other string quartets, but when I heard this version I was stunned. I can't stop listening to it; I love it so much. Thank you Hagen Quartett, and thank you Janacek!
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By George Petrakiev on November 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's an excellent performance by a superior quartet, but I much prefer the Wolf Serenade.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on September 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Janacek: String Quartets 1 & 2; Wolf: Italian Serenade is a 1989 Deutsche Grammophon recording starring the Hagen Quartet. Paul Griffiths has written the music notes. We get to hear two composers on this recording. Leos Janacek and Hugo Wolf. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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