The Lindsays

Beethoven: String Quartets

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Back when the Lindsays were still known as the Lindsay String Quartet, they worked their way through all Beethoven's quartets. These recordings from 1979 and 1982 preserve their performances of Beethoven's high classical Opus 18 set of six quartets plus his romantically lyrical Opus 74 quartet and his romantically furious Opus 95 quartet. In all fairness, it must be said that these are fine performances that nearly any listener would admire. The depth of the Lindsay Quartet's tone, the energy of their rhythms, the enthusiasm of their interpretations are sure to please almost all listeners. Some curmudgeons might complain of the unevenness of the Lindsay Quartet's intonation or the occasional violence of their attack or the lack of restraint of their interpretations. But compared with their later recordings, even those curmudgeons would have to admit that, as Lindsay Quartet recordings go, this set is near the top. ASV's sound is hard and glassy, but not altogether unlistenable.

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