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Guarneri Quartet plays Mozart Quartets and Quintets [Box set]

Guarneri Quartet Audio CD
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Set At An Amazing Price Sept. 26 2012
By brotagonist TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I am very excited to have a recording by the acclaimed Guarneri Quartet. My only complaints: the audible coughing (disc 4: track 5, track 6, etc.) and audience and background noise on the three quintet disks in the set; and the lack of even the sketchiest of notes. Considering the amazing price for over five and one half hours of such fine music, I can live with it, but I would have chosen a different performance, had I known in advance that the quintets were recorded live.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 14 2014
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good performance but recording somewhat bare
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Mozart from the Guarneri Quartet June 7 2012
By Johannes Climacus - Published on Amazon.com
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Sony's budget-priced reissue campaign proceeds apace. A few months ago, they exhumed the Juilliard String Quartet's estimable traversals of Mozart's "Haydn" Quartets and String Quintets from the CBS vaults; now from the old RCA catalog comes an equally distinguished traversal of the same repertoire by the Guarneri Quartet. Since both sets are quite inexpensive, chamber music enthusiasts might want to purchase both, for the approaches of these two distinguished American ensembles provide sharp and fascinating contrasts. Whereas the Juilliard favor a lean collective tone, incisive attacks and strong rhythmic articulation, the Guarneri's favor a sweetly lyrical approach, more leisurely tempos, and an elegant, even suave manner. They also strive to maintain the "long line" at all costs, thereby bringing out the "vocal" and operatic qualities in Mozart's chamber music. Both approaches are valid--the Juilliards leaning more toward a Classical style, and the Guarneri's toward a proto-romantic interpretation that harks back to mid-Twentieth Century Viennese ensembles such as the Konzerthaus Quartet, the Baryllis and the Wellers.

The results, in the case of the Guarneri's readings (no less than the Juilliard's) are simply splendid. Mozart opined that operatic ensembles should "flow like oil," and that metaphor aptly describes the Guarneri's traversals of all twelve of these wonderful works. The Haydn Quartets come from the early 1970's and find the ensemble in splendid form; slow movements, in particular, are deeply considered and ensemble throughout is near-perfect. The engineers provide a warm ambience without sacrificing clarity; at all times the four instruments are clearly audible.

The Quintets derive from the late 1980's, and were taken down at live concerts. Three distinguished violists participate in two Quintets apiece. The interpretations are, in a word, magnificent. These musicians clearly appreciate the intricacy of Mozart's craftsmanship no less than his profound, and profoundly unsettling, expression of the human condition with all its ambiguities and paradoxes. The Guarneri and their distinguished guest violists also cultivate a fully conversational style, in which each performer responds to the others in dialogic fashion. In other words, these are genuine chamber music performances, not occasions for five virtuosos to exhibit their talents (though there is no want of virtuosity when required; apart from one or two momentary intonational lapses, the playing is immaculate throughout). The three greatest Quintets (the C-Major, G-Minor and D-major) are given performances that approach sublimity, and once again the slow movements are presented as the heart of each work. The engineering is as fine here as with the studio recordings of the Haydn Quartets. There is plenty of hall ambience, though not so much as to muddy the textures, and there are no distracting audience noises.

In sum then, this distinguished set of Mozart chamber music that deserves to rank alongside the finest versions of the Haydn Quartets and Viola Quintets --including the Juilliard versions mentioned above, as well as those by the Amadeus, the Budapest, and the Pro Arte (the latter are classic performances from the 78-rpm era last seen in an early-1990's set from EMI). As usual with this new series from Sony, there is minimal documentation. But the music is the thing, and on that score listeners will not be disappointed. Warmly recommended, then, both to veteran collectors and to those looking for a "basic library selection."
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refined accounts of sublime music June 13 2012
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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In yet another welcome bargain box set from Sony we have these newly remastered Mozart quartets and quintets from the distinguished Guarneri Quartet (supplemented, obviously, for the quintets).

Having been highly complimentary about the Dvorak set in the same series and less than impressed by their Schubert, I was unsure what to expect from this collection. However, the same classical restraint which hobbled their Schubert is far better suited to their interpretations of Mozart's chamber works: these are refined, elegant accounts which enoble the music through emphasising the long line of Mozart's melodic invention. I hesitated in giving them five and not four stars as I prefer a more assertive style of playing but fully appreciate the subtlety of the Guarneri here.

A previous Amazon.com reviewer has already provided some astute and comprehensive commentary on the performances and I see no point in replicating that as I agree with it. This is an excellent bargain, providing a very attractive programme of great works played in a slightly old-fashioned but deeply satisfying style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music. Excellent performances. Aug. 23 2012
By Leeber Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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This box contains contains over 5 hours of glorious Mozart. Listening to this music is a pure joy. It includes the six string quartets deidicated to Haydn and the six string quintets. The sound in the quartets is excellent and the beautiful lush sound of the quartet well captured. The quintets appear to have been captured in live performances. They are highly enjoyable but sound quality is not quite at the same level. There was no insert in my box with documentation of the recording dates or discussion of the music. I assume this is because it is a bargain box. At this price the box is an incredible bargain. If you are new to chamber music this is a great place to start listening.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Excellent Set At An Amazing Price May 27 2013
By brotagonist - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very excited to have a recording by the acclaimed Guarneri Quartet. My only complaints: the audible coughing (disc 4: track 5, track 6, etc.) and audience and background noise on the three quintet disks in the set; and the lack of even the sketchiest of notes. Considering the amazing price for over five and one half hours of such fine music, I can live with it, but I would have chosen a different performance, had I known in advance that the quintets were recorded live.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quartet, Great price June 26 2013
By Jennie Congleton - Published on Amazon.com
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Received these very quickly, and they are great. The sound is wonderful even though it was originally an analog recording that has been upgraded to digital format. Every note crystal clear, and the performance nuances do not get lost in translation.
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