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Reviewed On: 06/08/2018
This is a "noble attempt" to arrange a gorgeous classic for string quartet. But one gets the impression that it is only a "first draft," desperately in need of proofreading and editing. As it stands, the quartet is unplayable. The cello part is missing an entire measure, coming up with one less than everybody else, and it gets out of sync early in the piece (as we discovered when we tried to play it). This alone makes one wonder how the arrangement ever made it to press. There are many other errors of careless nature -- spelling mistakes (e.g. "Desriing" in the title of the second violin part), note value errors, etc. There are no dynamics indicated, and only one or two bowing marks, exclusively in the viola and cello parts (as if the editor started the task and didn't finish). Some of these errors are inconsequential, but consistent with the apparently careless editing. This is a difficult piece to render for an arrangement with only four voices. The viola has the most beautiful solo parts, but they are an octave lower than they ought to be (in my opinion). However, if they are played an octave higher, the absence of the "middle voice" is apparent. One has to congratulate the arranger for at least making the attempt to cover all the bases of this fantastically rich work. The best that can be said of this is that it could serve as the basis for creating an arrangement of your own. It is a fine start, but it should never have been published or sold until the serious errors were corrected.
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