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How does the newer Beethoven set by Tokyo SQ compare to their 90s set?

 Good question I think!

 

I was not terribly impresses by the 90`s set.I`ve tried a few times but it hasn`t clicked for me.

Due to my awe of their Bartok recordings I really had high expectations for it.

post #3512 of 3517
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

I just got the Tokyo set and I haven't gotten even half way through it yet, but what I have listened to so far has been superb both in recording quality and performance. 

I've been holding off their new set as I've got their previous one, which is also superbly recorded and performed. No doubt I will end up getting it eventually, but at the moment I've a lot of new CDs to listen to. :normal_smile :

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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post
 

 Good question I think!

 

I was not terribly impresses by the 90`s set.I`ve tried a few times but it hasn`t clicked for me.

Due to my awe of their Bartok recordings I really had high expectations for it.

I've heard their Bartok. But I've not yet explored much of Bartok yet so.. I enjoy his piano concertos.

 

I guess they can sound a bit too polished and polite? My first Beethoven's string quartet set was theirs so they became imprinted as my reference. Probably explains why I generally find their other recordings agreeable e.g. their Schubert and Dvořák.

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Originally Posted by SunTanScanMan View Post
 

I've heard their Bartok. But I've not yet explored much of Bartok yet so.. I enjoy his piano concertos.

 

I guess they can sound a bit too polished and polite? My first Beethoven's string quartet set was theirs so they became imprinted as my reference. Probably explains why I generally find their other recordings agreeable e.g. their Schubert and Dvořák.

 

I`ve always enjoyed the Tokyo quartet but their Bartok is DEEP IMO.

Regarding polite and polished I think searing is a more appropriate description.:smile:

And wonderfully detailed in timbre etc...

 

I think part of the thing with their earlier Beethoven is I love many others and I just haven`t got over my bias:o.

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I do not own the old Tokyo Beethoven set but I have listened to excerpts on spotify and I thought it was edgy and precise. Kind of like their first Bartok cycle. What worked wonderfully with Bartok may not be as successful with Beethoven, particularly in the early and middle quartets. The new cycle is very different: the early quartets might as well have been played by Vegh Quartet, and the Razumovsky are on their way to replace Quartetto Italiano as my favourite. I am still working my way through the boxset, and have not heard enough of the late quartets to have an opinion about the new cycle. The SQ of the recording is a big plus, as it adds so much to the emotional impact of the performance.


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post #3516 of 3517
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...... Kind of like their first Bartok cycle. 

I am referring to their 1981 cycle on DG.

Is their another?

 

I`ll definitely check out their new Beethoven set eventually....

post #3517 of 3517

the 1981 is the first cycle with DG and Harada as first violin

 

and this is the second cycle with Peter Oundian (sp?) as first violin

 

The first is my favourite Bartok cycle, the second... isn't

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