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Discussion: Haydn: Famous String Quartets - Gewandhaus-Quartett

Posts: 5

Post by Deribas January 30, 2014 (1 of 5)
Does anyone know if this is the quartet that is composed of respective first-chair strings of the Gewandhaus? There is also a Leipzig Quartet toiling on the Haydn cycle on MDG, which also has some connection to the Gewandhaus orchestra.

Anyone with close knowledge, please comment. I am very interested in the multichannel recordings of Op.76, as it appears that Auryn is not releasing these on either SACD or BD, at least not yet.

Post by Polarius T January 30, 2014 (2 of 5)
I think they both basically come from the orchestra, with the Gewandhaus-Quartett being mostly composed of its first soloists and the Leipziger Streichquartett of its first chairs. Or something like that. Check on the net, I'm sure their bios are up there somewhere; they are both well known and keep winning all sorts of prizes and distinctions all the time.

The Gewandhaus-Quartett btw is the oldest still active string quartet in the world. Both are very good.

Post by Deribas January 30, 2014 (3 of 5)
Thanks. It's all a little muddled as to who ranks where within the Gewandhaus universe. More to the point, can anyone of >= 13 people who liked this SACD say something about its artistic or acoustic merits?

Post by nickc January 30, 2014 (4 of 5)
I got an email the other day from Tacet saying they would be releasing an Auryn Op.76 set on Blu-ray shortly.
Cheers
Nick

Post by Cicero February 1, 2014 (5 of 5)
Deribas said:

More to the point, can anyone of >= 13 people who liked this SACD say something about its artistic or acoustic merits?

I am not sure whether I was among those thirteen, but I like the disc. At the risk of stereotyping, a "classical", highly polished interpretation. The sound is good (I listen in stereo): truthful instrumental timbre in a believable acoustic space; but then I have always liked these NCA recordings.

That said, there is more interpretative daring in the Gewandhaus' Mendelssohn and Schumann (partly on SACD, partly on RBCD) or in their Beethoven (RBCD only), although the latter is also very much a middle-of-the-road interpretation. Others have found more drama and humor in Haydn's music, though not necessarily on SACD.

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