Tokyo String Quartet Archive
Editorial for October 2014
This month our drawing/giveaway is for six collector edition sets from Harmonia mundi of the 8-SACD collection of the Complete Beethoven String Quartets performed by the world-famous Tokyo String Quartet. Our review is here. This hi-res multichannel recording is a major sonic improvement over their earlier complete Beethoven set on the RCA CD label, and […]
BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi (8 SACDs)
How does the Tokyo String Quartet handle these works? With utmost aplomb, guided by an uncanny degree of inspirational talent.
DVOŘÁK: String Quartet No. 12 in F Major; SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life” – Tokyo String Q. – Harmonia mundi
The Dvořák is a little low-key at the start, but the playing heats up, and the Tokyo give the Smetana a passionate reading.
BRAHMS: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor; Piano Quintet – Jon Nakamatsu, p./ Jon Manasse, clar./ Tokyo String Q. – Harmonia mundi
Superb performances and maybe the best hi-res recording the Tokyo has received.
SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C Major; String Quartet in C Minor – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi
Outstanding performances of these much-recorded masterworks.
BEETHOVEN: The ‘Late’ String Quartets (Nos. 12 thru 16) – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia Mundi (3 discs)
A superbly engineered recording of the greatest string quartets ever written, played by one of the world’s finest ensembles.