The String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered to be the greatest and most powerful testaments to the chamber music genre. The Alban Berg Quartett had already made studio recordings of all the Beethoven quartets for EMI Classics when the players thought they should risk remaking the cycle live for both audio and video. Recorded at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, these 1989 readings represent the quartet at their best; they are more intense and spontaneous than the studio efforts, and convey the atmosphere of their concerts.
Volume 2 is presented on two DVDs: DVD 1 – Op. 127; Op. 59, No. 1. DVD 2 – Op. 18, No. 2; Op. 95; Op. 132.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0, LPCM 2.0. Booklet: Electronic PDF booklet in English, French, German, Spanish. Format: All discs are DVD9.
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In 1989, the Alban Berg Quartet, then in their prime, but now sadly disbanded (2008), gave a series of live concerts encompassing all of Beethoven’s String Quartets in the Konzerthaus of their home city, Vienna, where they all served as professors at the Academy of Music. It is something of a miracle that this encounter between what many would claim to be the greatest music ever written, and one of the 20th Century’s finest quartets, was superbly filmed and recorded by ORF, and made available to music-lovers all over the world by EMI. I refer new readers to some generalizations I made in my review of the first of the 3 Volumes that constitute these recordings. Each volume has two discs. The first disc of Vol 2 begins with Op 127 that ushers in the last five and greatest of the quartets. It does have a rather tentative quality, as if the composer had certain doubts, and less self-confidence than in the works that came after. The two outer movements have some roughness...
I thought the performances of the Berg String Quartet were great. The visuals are very good-close-ups of the appropriate artists and longer shots when needed. The sound is also very good. This was my first DVD of chamber music, and I plan to buy more.
It is well known that Alban Berg quartet was one of the best quartet of the world.I had the audio After a long time, unfortunately, I became aware of the existence of the wonderful videos. I used to believe that absolute perfection is not possible in this world.Their playing convinced me that I was wrong. Anytime I play it I am shunned by their playing, not only the fantastic technical perfection of all their members but also by the beauty of their playing, and their certainty and concentration on Beethoven's idea. Anybody who loves Beethoven should have it and often play it. As far as the video technique is concerned, I would prefer to concentrate the camera on their playing instead of wasting time with too many pseudo artistic niceties of their surroundings.
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