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The Fine Arts Quartet at WFMT (Unreleased Recordings of Broadcast Performances, 1967-73) Box set


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  • Performer: Fina Arts Quartet/Sorkin, Loft, Zaslav, Tuckwell, Stanick
  • Composer: Beethoven, Mozart, Bartok, Brahms, Hindemith
  • Audio CD (January 1, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Music & Arts Programs
  • ASIN: B0006DTZS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Climacus on August 30, 2007
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The FAQ was one of the best-known chamber music ensembles during the LP era, thanks to its prolific broadcast appearances and recordings (few of which have made it onto CD). This set from Music and Arts, devoted exclusively to broadcast material from the late sixties and early seventies, is a welcome reminder of their achievement. Listeners of a certain generation will remember their trenchant Beethoven cycle for Everest. They are no less incisive here, in a broad range of repertoire from Haydn to rarely heard contemporary works by Husa, Shifrin and Martinon. Their interpretations are consistently satisfying to the intellect, even if they fall less gratefully on the ear due to a rather aggressive, one-dimensional tone and occasional, but serious, lapses of intonation. Given the quality of the recording--astonishingly good for historical broadcast material--and the FAQ's deep understanding of its chosen repertoire, there is enough positive about this set to recommend it, with qualifications noted, to chamber-music enthusiasts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick A Daley on November 10, 2011
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When I lived in the Chicago area, I listened often enough to WFMT, but I was not much into chamber music then and was only barely aware of the Fine Arts Quartet. Several decades ago, I got my first Concert-Disc LP of the Fine Arts Quartet. It was either their outstanding recordings of the Debussy and Ravel Quartets or Beethoven's Op. 59, No. 1, or perhaps, I got both of them at once. I have enjoyed them periodically ever since and their recordings of the Debussy and Ravel Quartets remain my all-time favorites, although there are other fine recordings of them.

This set has 8 CDs of recordings of music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and 20th century composers Bartok, Hindemith, Martinon, Husa, and Shifrin. It starts off with 2 CDs of gracious performances of Beethoven's three "Rasoumovsky" quartets, Opus 59, and includes Op. 132. A fine performance of an early Beethoven quartet, Op. 18, No. 1, is on CD 7, which also has the Brahms' Trio for Violin, Piano, and Horn, Op. 40, and Mozart's Horn Quintet, K. 407, both with the great Barry Tuckwell.

The third CD has three very early Haydn quartets, but also includes the more substantial Op. 20, No. 5. CD 4 has fine performances of three of Haydn's later quartets, Op. 64, No. 6 and Op. 76, Nos. 4 and 6.

CD 5 includes has performances of Mozart's K. 458, one of the six dedicated to Haydn; Quartet K. 499; and a sensitive performance of a Piano Quartet, K. 493, with pianist John Browning, who obviously enjoyed working with the Fine Arts Quartet.

CD 6 includes Mozart's Adagio and Fugue for string quartet, K. 546, and Brahms Quartet Op. 51, No. 2, and two 20th century works, Husa's String Quartet No.3 and Shifrin's Quartet No. 4. CD 8 has Bartok's Quartet No.3, Hindemith's Quartet No.
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