Just to answer a point in his third paragraph: the reverb on the Fitzwilliam recording was NEVER artificially enhanced! We recorded in what was then All Saints Church in Petersham (now a private home) - chosen for precisely what Mr Shoemaker hears: its lively acoustic, which we all felt enhanced the sonorities inherent in the music (and came close to the sound of an empty Glinka Hall in Leningrad, where many of the quartets were premiered). In fact, it was so alive that I well remember listening to the "sound" of the church through the speakers in the control room, and was amazed at how "live" the silence was.... AG 03/10/2016
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