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Discussion: Saint-Saëns: Piano Quartets - Mozart Piano Quartet

Posts: 9

Post by TerraEpon April 1, 2009 (1 of 9)
Now here's the type of disc we need to see more of. The Barcarolle is possibly Op. 108 -- something which I never found a recording of. And the Piano Quartet in E has only one previous one (this'll be the perfect replacement disc for that, I think...)

Post by TerraEpon January 13, 2010 (2 of 9)
So anyone have this? Is there is a slight constant hiss in the background?

Post by steviev April 26, 2010 (3 of 9)
TerraEpon said:

So anyone have this? Is there is a slight constant hiss in the background?

I haven't heard this disc, but I've never noticed any background hiss on other MDG SACDs, and Mr. Broggio did not mention it in his review.

I also have a question for Mr. Broggio (or anyone else who has heard this disc). Don Vroon of American Record Guide chose this as one of his favorite discs for 2009, and I usually agree with his opinions when it comes to period instruments, but then balked at buying it in light of this group's Mozart quartets disc, which I did not care for. Does the Quartet play in a "period" style, i.e. aggressive attacks and minimal vibrato, as they did on their Mozart disc? Considering Mr. Vroon's general taste in this matter, I kind of doubt it, but he did not address it in his review.

Thank you for your (otherwise) very informative review. This disc remains on my provisional Want List.

Post by krisjan April 26, 2010 (4 of 9)
I have this SACD and I don't detect a hint of HIP in the playing - just plain ole good performances and sound. I would concur with John's review.

Post by Polly Nomial April 26, 2010 (5 of 9)
As has already been said, the only HIP playing on display here is that of Romanticism as one would normally expect - I have amended the review to make this clearer.

Post by Windsurfer April 27, 2010 (6 of 9)
Polly Nomial said:

As has already been said, the only HIP playing on display here is that of Romanticism as one would normally expect - I have amended the review to make this clearer.

Is there a source somewhere that describes the sound of HIP playing with respect to different times/periods? Certainly Saint Saens contemporaries played differently from Mozarts. How different was Mozarts milieu from that of Bach, etc. Did Beethoven performances and Schuberts sound like Mozarts with respect to vibrato and dynamics?

When did the lush beautiful string sound of the modern orchestra come into being?

Post by krisjan April 27, 2010 (7 of 9)
There is a three-part essay on vibrato use in the classical orchestra here: http://www.classicstoday.com/ There are links to each part on the home page. Note that these are extensive essays - each of the first two parts is over 100 pdf pages long and part 3 is over 300 pages!

Post by Polly Nomial April 27, 2010 (8 of 9)
Whilst those links are certainly one perspective, Krisjan, we should note that this is not the only view held by musicians. As a violinist myself, I wouldn't agree with all the conclusions that Hurwitz draws from his sources but then that's my choice...

Norrington, needless to say, would burn all of his account!

Post by Johnno April 28, 2010 (9 of 9)
I have had this SACD for some time now and find it excellent in every way.

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