Elliott Carter - String quartets Nos. 2-4 (Pacifica Quartet) (Naxos)
First time listening to these. Pretty good.
Nice to hear feedback on the Pacifica recordings. I have old Composers Quartet recordings of #1, 2 and 4. Got the Juilliard box of 1-4, but didn't care for the performances and sold it. Subsequently lost a bit of my enthusiasm for Carter's quartets and haven't tried to track down a 1-5 set...Arditti would be the first ensemble I'd consider, but maybe the Pacifica deserve attention.
Have all the recordings you mention. Will ditch the JQ some day.
Schoenberg: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 - Kolisch Quartet + Clemence Gifford, soprano on No. 2 (Music & Arts)
Wonderful box of musical documents.
Currently diving into this box set:
Edited by Stefan Wood, 09 May 2012 - 07:40 AM.