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The radiantly melodious yet sorrowful A minor Quartet is eloquent but never overstated. The G major Quartet is perhaps the most remarkable of all, judged as a dramatic, not to say enigmatic, Schubertian personal document or even a kind of testiment; the composer himself only heard the first movement performed (in March 1828) and the whole work was not played in public until 1850. Here again, I have only praise for this performance, which seems to me to reveal the wounded heart of the work although the Allegro assai finale is taken a trace more unhurriedly than one might expect. Indeed, these are performances of distinction, based, I suspect, on the Melos's long experience of playing these three great quartets and the earlier but no less
fine Quarlettsatz in public. They may be warmly recommended to collectors seeking a version of this music and even to those who already possess good ones.
-- Gramophone [12/1992]
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