Brahms' second string sextet

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My only recording by the

My only recording by the Marlboro Festival Orchestra is an old one of Mendelssohn’s 4th symphony, conducted by Pablo Casals. The version is really luminous and full of joy.

 

To round things up, maybe, worth mentioning some other recordings. The venerable Berlin Philharmonic Octet (1966) has very good versions of both sextets, the first I knew and liked. The second I’ve been listening too and it is very nice as well, very swift tempo, the music flows very naturally.

 

There is Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, etc. I’ve not listened to this but good things can be expected.

 

Menuhin, Aronovitz, etc (1963) is, again, very good. They way he sings the first theme on the violin is quite poignant.

 

I’ve managed to listen to a recording by the old Budapest Quartet (1937!), which sounds amazingly well and is, actually, quite fantastic. It just sounds right, from beginning to end.

Finally, I’ve also listened to the Talich performance, of both sextets. I kind of hold final judgment on this one. There are lots to really like, the sound is beautiful, lush, and the textures have been revealing at times. They play with much intensity (sometimes too much? First sextet, second movement…). But I also find them quite manierist, as if imposing too much of them in the music. The beginning of the second sextet sound tense and threatening, instead of mysterious and soothing. The second theme does not sound so luminous as it could, and articulation is strange…. But it does feel like a grower

parla wrote: Finally, I

parla wrote:

Finally, I forgot to mention a quite good recording of the Second String Sextet with Isabelle Faust and some other fine soloists, which is unfortunately overlooked, since it is coupled with the Violin Concerto.......

I forget to mention this, too. Well worth investigating - especially if you like Isabelle Faust, which I do. 

A quick digression on Weber.

Who might not appreciate the art of Isabelle Faust? Although she has made a lot of great recordings of the basic and 20th cetury repertory, I think my pick of her vast recording history is the excellent, in every way, CD of Weber's Violin Sonatas, Op.10 (with a very special extra treat, the unjustly overlooked Piano Quartet in B flat), performed on a very fine Stradivarius along with an exuberant A. Melnikov, performing on a Fortepiano of the exact period of Weber's time. It is truly worth investigating, if you do not know these delightful, full of surpises and ingenuity works and particularly this virtually perfect recording (on HM).

Sorry for the digression, Camaron, and Merry, Merry Christmas to all of you.

Parla

 

I must admit I never heard of

I must admit I never heard of her...

A = not A

parla wrote:

Who might not appreciate the art of Isabelle Faust? Although she has made a lot of great recordings of the basic and 20th cetury repertory.......

Oh. I thought you were a bit lukewarm when it came to Faust. I remember singing her praises a few years back and you, in classic Parla fashion, put me in my place by saying:

parla wrote:

Faust is just a very good, accomplished violinst. Like her Beethoven's Violin Concerto, she is always a safe, moderate player; not the daring, passionate, overwhelming one. As for the "top recommendations everywhere", maybe in UK. 

But now she has "made a lot of great recordings"..........? Hmmm.

A' is not A.

I believe the "very good, accomplished violinist" is a not a fine compliment for any soloist. I am a bit "lukewarm" as for her recordings on the classic repertory (as far as I remember, my comments you quote are from our exchanges with you and Chris about Beethoven's Violin Sonatas). That's why my pick of her othrewise vast recording history is this CD of Weber's Sonatas.

The good thing about I. Faust is that her performances are at least a safe choice and often very good to great ones, supported by very good recordings (her very recent double CD of Mozart's Violin Concertos is an excellent recording, anyway). Simply, she is not my first choice in almost all the Classic repertory.

Parla

 

 

The wind it bloweth every day.....

Ah. I see.

I knew there'd an explanation........

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

Ah. I see.

I knew there'd an explanation........

(You may know) More to know (if you must).

Now that you know, Jane, you may explore another CD, where Isabelle is in very good form (almost in fire) and in a repertory worth discovering: Rolla's Duets for Violin and Viola, a 2002 release by Pan, reissued recently by Glossa.

Parla

(Have a happy family Christmas day).

 

 

What do people think of the

What do people think of the recordings of the sextets by the Alberni Quartet? 

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