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Schubert: The Late String Quartets [Box set]

Franz Schubert , Emerson String Quartet , Mstislav Rostropovich Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo - 1. Allegro ma non troppo10:14Album Only
listen  2. 2. Andante - 2. Andante 7:46Album Only
listen  3. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 7:04Album Only
listen  4. 4. Allegro moderato - 4. Allegro moderato 7:28Album Only
listen  5. 1. Allegro - 1. Allegro11:08Album Only
listen  6. 2. Andante con moto - 2. Andante con moto14:11Album Only
listen  7. 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto) - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 4. Presto - 4. Presto 8:13Album Only

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listen  1. 1. Allegro molto moderato - 1. Allegro molto moderato15:14Album Only
listen  2. 2. Andante un poco mosso - 2. Andante un poco mosso12:08Album Only
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listen  4. 4. Allegro assai - 4. Allegro assai10:39Album Only
listen  5. Allegro assai - Allegro assai 9:04Album Only
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Disc 3:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo - 1. Allegro ma non troppo19:10Album Only
listen  2. 2. Adagio - 2. Adagio14:46Album Only
listen  3. 3. Scherzo (Presto) - Trio (Andante sostenuto) - 3. Scherzo (Presto) - Trio (Andante sostenuto)10:02Album Only
listen  4. 4. Allegretto - 4. Allegretto 9:23Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Emerson String Quartet, Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • 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: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0001ZWGI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULL APPRECIATION March 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Until this bargain priced recording on three discs of the Emerson Quartet playing Schubert`s last four string quartets (included also is the String Quintet in C major, D956 featuring Rostropovich on cello), down through the years, I really did not have too much of an appreciation for Schubert's Quartets # 12, 13, 14, 15. For some reason their beauty eluded me. Now, with this recording, I love the works especially the #15 in G major. It is indeed filled with drama, pathos and great beauty. I don't think I can blame this "new found" appreciation on any maturation on my part. I really believe, it's soley due to the exquisite playing of the Emerson Quartet. They really play these works not like they are "walking on eggshells" but with vigor, passion and beauty. Also, I'm sure, that the wonderful recorded sound helped in my appreciation too.

I plan on seeking out more Schubert performed by the Emerson Quartet--they are so very good!!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed set March 16, 2011
By jt52
Format:Audio CD
This Emerson 3-CD set is a mixed experience. I think the other reviewers are exaggerating its quality but about 1/3 of it is very good.

If you are unfamiliar with the Schubert quartets and quintets, you are in for an unforgettable experience. For me, this is some of the most beautiful and moving music ever written. Schubert was (rightly) convinced he would die soon when he composed these works and you can tell he poured his heart and his unimaginable talent into writing them. The recordings by the Melos and Takacs quartets are usually recommended for this repertory. The Emerson set doesn't change that..

Let me start with the good. The Emerson quartet combines with superstar Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in a committed, very musical performance of the String Quintet in C major. The sound quality is notably better than elsewhere on this set, although it is still only OK, and the performance shows passion and sensitivity. I also found the recording of the incomplete Quartet no. 12 in c-minor (the "quartett-satz" with an unfinished second movement thrown in - a nice find) to be very interesting - the Emersons take it much faster than I am accustomed to - and convincing.

Then there's the rest of the set. I am a fan of the Emersons and have enjoyed them live and on CD for many years but the Schubert quartets 13, 14 and 15 found here aren't distinguished in any way. In general, there is a lack of intensity and musicality. This is especially notable in the third movements of all three works. For example, the Menuetto of the "Rosamunde" quartet no. 13 in a minor is listless and doesn't dance. The whole of the amazing 15th quartet in C major seems detached. The finale of the 14th quartet, the "Death and the Maiden", is frankly boring.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerson are very good.... August 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
.... and giving them anything less than a "five" for these recordings would be a mistake. This said, my personal favorite for the late Schubert quartets and his incredible quintet remains the Alban Berg quartet's classical recording -- the purity of Alban Berg's interpretation and their unpretentious, direct approach remains to me the essence of playing Schubert.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emersons:sui generis greatnes from iconic Schubertians October 5, 2012
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They play as well here as in their Beethoven Quartets #s 7-16, which were not rushed like their opus 18 #s 1-6). They do employ quicker than average tempi in outer movements, but I find none excessive. They are most similar to the Amadeus Quarter in tempi. The Quartet #13 is on the quick side in the first movement // the Amadeus Quartet and quicker than the Italiano. But the Amadeus play more romantically than the Emerson-more rubato and flexible tempi. However the Emersons articulate precisely at any tempo, digging beneath the surface of #15/2 via regulation of intensity. Like Maurizio Pollini they have been accused unjustly of being soulless and
mechanical. The Italiano is best in #13 and especially #14: no tempi problems in either, and in #14 they play with great fire and passion- one of their greatest readings. For this Dr. Jekyll there is the Mr. Hyde of the Italiano #15- a dull disaster I think
cf the terrific Emerson reading-perfect tempi and expression but without the effective spookiness of the Amadeus (try the opening of their first movement.)

The Emersons' Cello Quinter with Rostropovich is their best reading of the set, including a spellbinding second movement. Perhaps
the addition of some Slavic soul ignited them further them usual, but this performance is treasurable. It is only my third peformance to retain, along with two monumental readings: Amadeus with William Pleeth (still my favorite-see review) and The Lindsays who are as great as ever in their 4 cd set (see my review)

Peer versions mentioned above: Schubert Quartets #15 D 887 + #13 D804; #14 D810 (+ Trout Quintet/Gilels); Cello Quintet D956 (with
William Pleeth (Cello))-all with the Amadaeus Quartet
Quartetto Italiano: Quartets #s 12-15 (Philips Duo)
Lindsay Quartet: #s 8,12-15 +Cello Quintet (w/Douglas Cummings-cello) 4cds/ASV
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly outstanding July 11, 2009
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Truly superb recording, in terms of technique, emotion, and recording quality. Guaranteed to make you fall in love with this beautiful music. I have recordings of the Emerson quartet playing other pieces, but this collection is my favorite. Every single piece is breathtaking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the quartets and quintets
Just getting to know these pieces, so I can't compare to anyone else. But it is great music and well executed.
Published 20 months ago by CG
5.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty outstanding playing ~
Though I don't think the consistency is quite enough for a five star rating, nonetheless, this is a great set with a lot of music, all for a great price; so I bumped it up to five... Read more
Published on December 15, 2011 by Christopher Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Intonation not perfect (D minor quartet, 2nd mvt)
This review is coming from a rather inexperienced person, as I am only a high school violinist and this is the first recording of these pieces that I have heard; however, if you... Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by vln520
2.0 out of 5 stars Technical playing
The Emerson's really know how to play their instruments. If they could focus on the music instead of how fabulously they scrape their fiddles, they might be more worth listening... Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by Josquin DesPrez
5.0 out of 5 stars review
book arrived promptly as promised and was well packaged. excellent condition! a thoroughly satisfactory transaction. my thanks to the vendor and five stars!!!
Published on March 18, 2010 by David M. Hagler
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert -- with passion
I have known the Emersons for a long time -- they are great people, and amazing musicians. Here their balanced, interweaving tones and emotional depth fully realize Schubert's... Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by A. Kass
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