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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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If beauty is truth and truth beauty, then the Quartetto Italiano's late-'60s, early-'70s cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets is possibly the most truthful cycle ever recorded because it is certainly the most beautiful cycle ever recorded. No quartet has ever played with such consummate beauty of tone, such ideal intonation, and such superb ensemble as the Quartetto Italiano. In the most strenuous passages, in the most awkward, in the most excruciating passages, the Italiano is always and everywhere transcendentally beautiful. The "early" quartets bring out all the high-Classical poise and elegance of the works, expressing the strong emotions of the young Beethoven in performances of graceful beauty. The "middle" quartets are powerfully muscular and as powerfully intellectual, balancing the heart and mind of the mature Beethoven in performances of exquisite beauty. The "late" quartets are deeply emotional and profoundly spiritual, transcending the duality of heart and mind in the sublime beauty of the interpretations. And Philips' stereo sound is nearly as beautiful as the Italiano's tone and certainly as truthful as any recording could possibly be in capturing the greatness of these interpretations. One of the two or three greatest sets of the Beethoven quartets ever recorded.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Chamber Music - Released May 1, 2012 | ICA Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1965 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 3, 2005 | Winter & Winter

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

With tonal breath and depth coupled with ensemble clarity and virtuoso flexibility, the Quartetto Italiano's early-'70s recordings of Beethoven so-called "Middle Quartets" are models of postwar chamber music performance practice. In each of the three enormous Op. 59 quartets plus the intensely lyrical Op. 74 quartet and the fiercely dramatic Op. 95 quartet, the Italiano articulates every marking in the scores with exemplary lucidity but expresses the human heart of the music with consummate sensitivity. Compared with other ensemble's recordings, the Italiano's "Middle Quartets" may seem too lush, too warm, or even too beautiful for some listeners, and for them there are the rigors of the Alban Berg Quartet's recordings or the intensities of the Quatuor Végh's recordings. But the undeniable brilliance of the playing and the incontestable profundities of the interpretations will surely win over all but the most obdurate critics, particularly in these incredibly clean and unbelievably present stereo recordings by Philips.
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Classical - Released March 11, 1971 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.