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Reviews: Beethoven, Nordheim, Bartok: String Quartets - Engegårdkvartetten

Reviews: 3

Site review by Polly Nomial September 19, 2010
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Review by Fugue November 5, 2010 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I agree with the performance assessment and the overwhelming sense of presence. (The recording has plenty of ambience, however.) I'm amazed that the close mic placement did not pick up any breathing or body movement noises. I don't think they placed the listener in the center for all three pieces, but just in the Nordheim, according to the microphone placement diagram. There is, however, considerable sound from all four main speakers. Although they may not have as much true Hungarian soul as the Takacs or Parkanyi Quartets, fear not, as they deliver the goods with no problem! (Their lack of German heritage doesn't harm their Beethoven, either!) :-)

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Review by Arthur November 20, 2010 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I'm one of the non-recommenders on this. I was very excited since I like their excitable and forceful approach in the Grieg/Solberg/Haydn disc. But though the sound is first rate, they rush the Beethoven terribly. Now mind you, I love fast Beethoven, but this is rushed to the extent that the phrases lose all their shape. The Nordheim was interesting enough, but I don't have any basis for comparison and it wasn't so interesting that I'll be coming back to it often, and once again in he Bartok, it is the Parkanyi to which I'll be returning.
By the way, one positive note: the Quartet's layout for the Beethoven and Bartok - 1st, viola, cello, 2nd - is rarely done, but to my ears ideal!

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