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Beethoven: String Quartets 1, 4 & 5 - Pražák Quartet

Beethoven: String Quartets 1, 4 & 5 - Pražák Quartet

Praga Digitals  PRD/DSD 250 183

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Chamber


Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18 Nos. 1, 4 & 5 "Lobkowitz"

Pražák Quartet

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Total time: 79:32
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Review by John Broggio - March 6, 2006

This disc of three of the Op.18 quartets (1, 4 and 5). It opens with No.4, which commences with an almost Mahlerian pause on the opening tenuto, and sadly commences in a way that is too relentless in its drive and for me, over-accentuation. No.5 follows and is played with a sunnier manner but still the over emphasis of Beethoven’s accents break up the musical line on too many occasions to be ideal. The disc concludes with No.1 which receives the best performance, with only slightly too emphatic accents in the second movement spoiling an otherwise perfectly enjoyable performance. The recording is far too forwardly balanced for it to be enjoyable.

NB - in the box set Beethoven: String Quartets 1-16 - Pražák Quartet, it is now MCH! The ambient sound is nice but the balance is still very forward.

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