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String Quartets

K&K 66
Amati String Quartet
K&K KuK66 63m DDD
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The enterprising German label K&K has made a name for themselves by issuing critically acclaimed recordings of oratorios and other sacred works in the haunting location of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Maulbronn Monastery in northern Hannover.

This CD features two string quartets by masters in the genre, Franz Schubert and Leoš Janáček played by the legendary Amati Quartet, one of the finest ensembles currently recording. Both works come across quite beautifully in the sumptuous acoustic and as expected, the Amati play with their exemplary brilliance especially in the "Intimate Letters" which is certainly very hard to bring off.

My only gripe is with the rather telegraphic notes which certainly do not shed any new light on the works in question. Otherwise, this is another thumbs up for this extremely enterprising German label.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech

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