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Notes and Editorial Reviews
As quartet playing, this is almost flawless; the Guarneri even surmount—insofar as it is possible for mortals to do so—the superhuman hurdles posed by the Grosse Fuge... The Guarneri possess sumptuous tonal qualities, superb unanimity of ensemble and a refined, well-blended sonority, and in this respect yield nothing to the Alban Berg (EMI) though, as I said of the earlier Guarneri disc, theirs like the Alban Berg, are ''public'' rather than ''private'' performances, ''oratory rather than more intimate utterance''. At times the virtuosity this ensemble commands becomes noticeable; in other words, one finds oneself admiring their technical address and tonal finish for their own sake: I would have preferred a less headlong Presto for the
second movement. Yet even to say that is a shade glib, for these performances are thoroughly felt and there is ample evidence of that inwardness of feeling that must be present in all Beethoven playing.
-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [3/1989]
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