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String Quartets Op 59 1 & 3

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  • Performer: The Borodin Quartet
  • Composer: L.V. Beethoven
  • Audio CD (January 20, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0000VLSSM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Scott E. Peterman on July 1, 2009
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The Borodins have certainly made these masterpieces their own. Well recorded and deeply felt, these performances rank among the very best and are more enjoyable to listen to than most others; this applies to every disc in the cycle, and I cannot see how anyone would be dissatisfied with the purchase of the entire cycle. I give it my highest recommendation
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I just have to share my view on this matter and of course my opinion will just be one among many - because there not one "true" performance, but just a lot of different ones, I guess, and mostly from very accomplished musicians - so it must be a matter of taste.

I read that one reviewer on Amazon preferred the version by the "Alban Berg Quartet" over this one here by the "Borodin Quartet". I have now - here in my Holidays - have the opportunity to compare them both and I for one disagree. To me the Alban Berg Quartet (ABQ) doesn't sound at all as committed as the Borodin (BQ). It is something that, to me, doesn't take very long time to discover why.

I've just compared the first movement of the "Harpe Quartet" opus 74 and the BQ has a much more lively, engaged and dedicated expression with lots of warmth, dynamics and balance - the last thing is very important... Here the ABQ sounds much more strict, 'hard' and not as musical engaged. A very obvious place to compare is when I first heard the version with ABQ - approximately 4 minutes into the 1st movement there is a passage where we have a slow melody on top, with a very busy and energetic cello/viola accompaniment at the same time - to me this at first didn't make sense - it sounded like they were fighting among each other... Put on the BQ and voila! Here it makes totally sense - so precise and with a great balance where the slow melody stands out and the busy runs forms a beautiful energetic accompanying contrast... To me; this must have been the composers intention.
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