Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92

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Re: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92

Post by Lance » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:07 am

Walter Levin was an absolute genius right to the end of his long life. The book, The LaSalle Quartet: Conversations with Walter Levin illustrates his genius wonderfully well in this book by Robert Spruytenburg. I'm in the throes of reading it now and can hardly put it down.
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Re: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:10 pm

I'm a little late responding to this, but in college I bought their recording set of Schoenberg quartets, the first ever made if I am not mistaken. Later I found out that the Schoenberg-fanatical faculty frowned on their performance. What the heck they had to compare it with at the time I have no idea. (The Juilliard Quartet came out with their version shortly thereafter and it was well received.) I found the LaSalle version unexceptionable, and wish I had not disposed of it along with many other LPs. Perhaps as a more mature listener now I would know the difference, but frankly, as Mark Simon (diegobueno) will be happy to hear, I trust my own instincts in these matters.


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Re: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92

Post by jserraglio » Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:40 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:10 pm
I found the LaSalle version unexceptionable, and wish I had not disposed of it along with many other LPs.
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