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Discussion: Hagen Quartett 30

Posts: 9

Post by Arthur February 18, 2011 (1 of 9)
Myrios' website says something to the effect that the Hagen has found a new home on their label, if I can trust my poor German skills. If so, this will be cause for great rejoicing among chamber music lovers!

Post by Polarius T February 19, 2011 (2 of 9)
Arthur said:

...the Hagen has found a new home...this will be cause for great rejoicing among chamber music lovers!

YES. They are the most interesting chamber group active today. And technically just in a class of their own.

Thanks for the heads-up. This for me is necessary listening.


Post by Johnno February 19, 2011 (3 of 9)
Yes, great news. It is definitely one of my favourite Quartets. I hope it's the start of some interesting releases on SACD.

Post by gavindixon March 28, 2011 (4 of 9)
It's a good recording. There is not much in the way of atmosphere from the SACD sound, but then these players have a very immediate and woody tone anyway. A great recording for serious listening. Not one to put on in the background though:

Post by SteelyTom March 31, 2011 (5 of 9)
For longtime fans of this ensemble, how does their recent work compare with their early recordings for DG (Schubert, Beethoven etc.)? For that matter, how do those early RBCDs hold up for you?

Post by RWetmore August 8, 2011 (6 of 9)
Was this made the Grimm A/D converter?

Post by Polly Nomial August 9, 2011 (7 of 9)
From the cover -
A/D converter: EMM Labs ADC8 MkIV
D/A converter: dCS 954
Workstation: Merging Pyramix

Post by Beagle August 11, 2011 (8 of 9)
Also from the cover -


Post by Iain June 11, 2013 (9 of 9)
Beagle said:

Also from the cover -


Actually, it's Webern as in Anton Webern:

This title arrived last week. I purchased this primarily for the Webern string quartet and this minor investment has reaped major rewards. I'm simply stunned by it. I never expected to find anything like it on SA-CD. EVER!!

But yet, here it is. : )

Polarius T sums it up nicely in his review:
"As if that weren't enough, the highlight of the disc is nevertheless the Hagen's Webern. It is there where their best qualities really come to the fore. The masterly executed silences and pauses, the infinite gradations of tone, texture, and phrasing that the players, both individually and as an ensemble, bring to the service of these pieces, and the smooth transitions between the notes, pauses, figures, gestures, and contrasts that galvanize it all into a complete, gorgeously flowing whole, are just astonishing; I have never heard the like of it up until now. The infinitesimally accurate micro shadings alone leave you sitting at the edge of your chair with a new kind of consciousness of the work being performed. With this recording, the Hagens will win many new friends for the composer -- and perhaps for the Second Viennese School in general by tearing down many prejudices -- but let's hope there is still more to come (in the booklet notes, there is some indication of a more long-lasting relationship established between the quartet and the label). I never thought it would happen in this life, but the LaSalle will now be taken the place of honor they have for me forever and all by themselves occupied in this repertory."