This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Reviews of the original recordings that make up this set.
"It may seem an unlikely thing to say about a German chamber ensemble, yet the Melos Quartet of Stuttgart are more suave, more feline, than the Quartetto Italiano in the opening movement of Mozart's E flat Quartet. The former have, too, the advantage of a modern recording with a more exact stereo placing of each instrument, whereas the Philips disc is close on ten years old. The slow movement of K428 is a curiously hushed, almost apprehensive piece, and the Melos sound fuller, aptly darker, and again DG's recording helps."
-- M.H., Gramophone [5/1977]
"One is immediately struck by the sweetness of their tone,
especially the leader's. Very occasionally he verges on the sentimental with just a trace of a scoop—an almost obligatory device before the war but not now in favour. I don't think he should do this without the encouragement of a slur (as he does, for instance, between bars 7 and 8 of the G major) but I would not otherwise object for his playing is both beguiling and precise. There is nothing insipid about these performances. Dynamic contrasts are strongly emphasized, so much so that I noticed for the first time what a lot of dynamics there are in the first movement of Mozart's G major in the first 24 bars of the first violin part."
-- R.F., Gramophone [11/1977]
"The start of the A major sounds marvellously right—gently affectionate and not too fast, so that the triplet quavers which come later never sound too exhibitionist. The playing has warmth and sympathy."
-- R.F., Gramophone [7/1978]
Works on This Recording
Be the first to review this title