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Reviews: Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18 Nos. 1, 4 & 5 - Prazak Quartet

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Reviews: 4

Site review by Polly Nomial March 5, 2006
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Review by Russell December 31, 2003 (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Just glorious. Warm, flowing, fluent, relaxed yet energetic performances by this quartet, previously unknown to me. The Op. 18, No. 1 quartet is particularly engaging. I wasn't going to give this disc a try until I saw a favorable review of it on the December 2003 Audiophile Audition website (; I'm now glad I did, and I now look forward to trying out their Schubert SACD. Gorgeous recorded sound, too (in "bi-channel" stereo), and although it's not explicitly clear in the booklet, I believe it's an original DSD recording--it sounds like it!

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Review by Beagle January 29, 2005 (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Russell Lowe Dec 31, 2003) calls this disc "Warm, flowing, fluent, relaxed ". Hmmm, I will have to go back and listen harder, because I hear it as in-your-face confrontational, over-miked. Why is this? Is listening so subjective, that comparing notes is nigh meaningless?

Tell me Russell, what do you think of the Praga/Kocian recording of Haydn op. 74? That is what my ears hear as "Warm, flowing, fluent, relaxed...". And while we're at it, what SACD do YOU hear as too aggressive?

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Review by tfkaudio July 6, 2005 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I read the two earlier reviews and I have to agree with Beagle. But, I would give the record a better rating for sonics. It is in-your-face, perhaps over-miked. This seems to be common with the Praga recordings. I have the Beethoven Op.74 and Op.95 disc, which is very similar. The Bartok Hungarian folk songs may be more over-miked than this recording, the Beethoven Op.18 quartets. They are, however, very dynamic and detailed. I still enjoy listening to them more than any of my redbook recordings of the same material.

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