I found this to be a deceptively simple recording. Last time I checked, there were 58 recordings of Brahms' Op. 51 quartets in print, so competition is stiff.
The first few times I listened to the New Orford recording, I thought it sat somewhere in the middle of the pack -- well-played, but not especially noteworthy.
But then I started listening more closely, and more critically. I realized that what the New Orford brings to these works are transparent performances. Their interpretation seemed more concerned with serving the music, rather than making a mark on it.
The New Orford has a near-perfect ensemble blend that to my ears made it seem as if I was listening to a single instrument, rather than four. If you want to introduce someone to these works, this recording is a great place to start. The New Orford Quartet delivers solid performances of these works -- performances that I appreciate more with every hearing.
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Brahms: String Quartets Op. 51 - Nos. 1&2
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.84 x 5.63 x 0.47 inches; 3.6 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Bridge
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Date First Available : August 3, 2015
- Label : Bridge
- ASIN : B013CJ7B16
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #565,259 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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