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Discussion: Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 5 - Zemlinsky Quartet

Posts: 6

Post by Domimag August 28, 2010 (1 of 6)
This Mendelssohn release is in 5.1 multichannel recorded in may & june 2010(not DSD recorded).It has been recorded in Prague but not at Domotiva studio.
Once again, a very good SACD (technic and artistic) from Praga !

The next PRAGA release will be the second volume of Brahms piano trios by GUARNERI TRIO, with the trio n°2 and the trio n°4 in A, Op.posth. from 1853 that only Beaux-Arts Trio recorded in 1978 ! Can't wait !

Regards.

Post by Arthur August 28, 2010 (2 of 6)
Though I like Mendelssohn, when I think of the "pantheon of the greats" he's rarely one who comes to mind. When I'm listening, however, I'm rarely left unmoved. One of the reasons I think is my tendency (and, from reading numerous critics, I'm sure I'm not alone in this) to equate gravity and seriousness with greatness. Of all the so-called greats, only Mozart is one who rarely displays this kind of gravity (ah! but when he does...!)

And yet seriousness is not a quality completely foreign to Mendelssohn. Check out his magnificent second quintet!

In the LP and CD eras, the chamber music, for me were mostly foreign territory, because though I bought and listened to many recordings, the only one I can think of that ever really moved me was the old Guarneri recording of opus 13. I used to think it was the music; now I understand, it was the performances.

Because now on SACD we've had a veritible treasure trove of great recordings! I haven't gotten this new disc yet, but the previous three volumes were all wonderful. If any of you are chamber music neophytes, try the Octet for a great introduction! But these Praga discs aren't the only winners: we've also had a magificent disc of the Piano Trios with Julia Fischer, a wonderful Gewandhaus Quartet reading of Op. 44 No. 3, and most of all, an incredible and often overlooked disc of the Quintets on Bis with the Juilliard.

A big thank you to all the labels and artists involved!

Bret

Post by current93 August 28, 2010 (3 of 6)
Domimag said:

in 5.1 multichannel recorded in may & june 2010(not DSD recorded).It has been recorded in Prague but not at Domotiva studio.

Not in DSD? What's happening with Praga Digitals??? Firstly they've cancelled Kalabis sacd-release, then recorded Mendelssohn in PCM. On the surface there are signs they going to switch to PCM RBCD.
Si c'est le cas, il sera grand dommage pour les connoisseurs du SACD.
This label so succesfully monopolised chamber music area.

BTW, great news 'bout Brahms trios, hope it IS in DSD.

Post by krisjan August 28, 2010 (4 of 6)
Domimag said:

The next PRAGA release will be the second volume of Brahms piano trios by GUARNERI TRIO, with the trio n°2 and the trio n°4 in A, Op.posth. from 1853 that only Beaux-Arts Trio recorded in 1978 !

There is a very good RBCD recording of the A major/1853 trio from the Trio Pro Arte on BIS (CD-99). In fact ArkivMusic shows 10 other recordings of this trio in addition to the Beaux Arts and Pro Arte so its not as rare as you may think.

Post by Domimag August 28, 2010 (5 of 6)
rusal said:

Not in DSD? What's happening with Praga Digitals??? Firstly they've cancelled Kalabis sacd-release, then recorded Mendelssohn in PCM. On the surface there are signs they going to switch to PCM RBCD.
Si c'est le cas, il sera grand dommage pour les connoisseurs du SACD.
This label so succesfully monopolised chamber music area.

BTW, great news 'bout Brahms trios, hope it IS in DSD.

Hello

It's not the first time. Generally they record in DSD but in the past there are some SACD they didn't, specially when they don't record in their usual studios (Domotiva studio or Martinu hall).
Examples :
Chopin, Grieg: Cello Sonatas - Kanka, Klepac
Bartok: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 - Parkanyi Quartet
Shostakovich: Cello Works - Kanka, Klepac
Schubert - Prague Piano Duo
and some others.

For me, they are technically as good as DSD ones. The engineers are the same.

For the Kalabis in CD, I think it's a matter of money. Kalabis will be sold far less than Brahms or Beethoven for example, and some sponsoring is needed for such unknown music.

Regards.

Post by Domimag August 28, 2010 (6 of 6)
krisjan said:

There is a very good RBCD recording of the A major/1853 trio from the Trio Pro Arte on BIS (CD-99). In fact ArkivMusic shows 10 other recordings of this trio in addition to the Beaux Arts and Pro Arte so its not as rare as you may think.

Ok thanks for the info. ;-)

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