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  CCS SA 25907
  Haydn: String Quartets - Amsterdam String Quartet
  Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op. 20 No. 3, String Quartet in C major Op. 74 No. 1, String Quartet in G major Op. 76 No. 1

The Amsterdam String Quartet
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  Classical - Chamber
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Site review by Geohominid December 28, 2007
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Review by nickc February 29, 2008 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
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I love this disc but not the programming! I am a typical collector, and would much prefer complete opuses to be recorded in the string quartet repertoire rather than selections. Having said that we are tempted in the liner notes with a statement that they will perform all the quartets in 2009. Please Mr Sacks take your microphones along!
Having got that off my chest what fantastic playing, although I would have preferred slow movements to be a little bit slower: Op.20/3 ASQ 7.39 vs. Lindsay 8.54, Op.74/1 ASQ 5.34 vs. Kocian 6.58, Op.76/1 ASQ 6.18 vs. Kodaly 7.42.
It is a lovely warm and resonant Channel recording from a church in Amsterdam.

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Review by tonereef March 4, 2014 (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
This isn't a review of the music because I found this disc unlistenable due to its highly ambient church mic'ing, which virtually eliminates any direct sound in favour of an all-enveloping resonance. I've listened to many string quartet SACDs and CDs with varying amounts of resonance, but this is the most extreme I can remember. So beware: if you prefer chamber music played in a space designed for chamber music, look elsewhere. The strings have no presence, virtually no image specificity, and completely transformed timbres - the cello for example is little more than a blob of sound. IMO it's a waste of SACD technology to record anything this way, because there's no detail for high-res to resolve (even on my highly resolving Stax headphone system). It's a wash, literally. Channel Classics evidently had second thoughts, because the follow-up Amsterdam String Quartet Haydn SACD was recorded in a different church and mic'd way closer, so that the ambience imparts a pleasing sense of continuity to the playing rather than drawing attention to itself, much less taking over. It sounds gorgeous.

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Works: 3  

Joseph Haydn - String Quartet No. 33 in G minor, Hob. III:33 Op. 20 No. 3 (Sun)
Joseph Haydn - String Quartet No. 72 in C major, Hob. III:72 Op. 74 No. 1 (Apponyi)
Joseph Haydn - String Quartet No. 75 in G major, Hob. III:75 Op. 76 No. 1 (Erdody)