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Notes and Editorial Reviews
...[The Takacs Quartet] becomes oppressive in comparison with the playing of either the Amadeus or the Tatrai. The Amadeus not only live in a more comfortable acoustic, but [Norbert] Brainin [of the Amadeus Quartet]...never drives when he can achieve momentum simply by shaping. Their perfection of scale in the second movement of the Op. 76 No. 1 is achieved precisely by knowing when to exhale as well as inhale... [T]he greater austerity of the Amadeus...reveals more patiently the encyclopaedia of counterpoint which [Op. 76 No. 2] discloses... [T]he more subtle pointing of the Amadeus and the clear air they breathe frees the internal as well as the external energies of the [2nd] movement [of the Emperor Quartet]...
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