Prokofiev string quartets

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Prokofiev string quartets

Post by stefanher » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:54 am

I realised recently I hadn't listened to these since my days at university & found to my amazement that the only recording I have is an ancient one with the Vlach (?) on a budget Phillips. Can anyone recommend recent recording(s) that are worthwhilee? The Pavel Haas looks a must but there are at least 10 other performances by the likes of the Coull & the Russian quartet. No doubt somebody will tell me to buy them all...

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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by John F » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:12 am

I'd recommend the DG recording by the Emerson String Quartet.
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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by rogch » Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:53 am

I really like the Aurora quartet on Naxos. On the same disc there is also a recording of the very underrated cello sonata so this disc really gives good value for money. I have not heard the Emersons, but i would be surprised if they were not good considering their generally high standard of playing, not least in pieces from the 20th century.
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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by karlhenning » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:46 am

John F wrote:I'd recommend the DG recording by the Emerson String Quartet.
Ditto.

Roger is right that the Cello Sonata is a fine piece, as well . . . for that work, I favor a recording by Misha Maisky and Martha Argerich.

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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by John F » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:55 am

karlhenning wrote:Roger is right that the Cello Sonata is a fine piece, as well . . . for that work, I favor a recording by Misha Maisky and Martha Argerich
If you can't get the classic version by Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter.
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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:17 am

For my money, the Pavel Haas quartet recording of the Prokofiev quartets on Supraphon is superior to the Emersons in every way. And I used to swear by the Emersons.

http://www.amazon.com/Prokofiev-String- ... 814&sr=8-2

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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by Chalkperson » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:24 pm

The Pavel Haas Quartet's recently released disc trumps all...
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Re: Prokofiev string quartets

Post by arthound » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:02 am

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This can be hard to find but is well worth seeking out.

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