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Great Performances From The Library Of Congress, Vol. 5: Budapest String Quartet
Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Budapest Quartet
Great Performances From The Library Of Congress, Vol. 5: Budapest String Quartet
Genre: Classical
 
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An august musicologist recently wrote that "there were only two ?fabulous foursomes' during the twentieth century- The Beatles, and The Budapest String Quartet." The recordings on this disc are being released for the firs...  more »

      
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An august musicologist recently wrote that "there were only two ?fabulous foursomes' during the twentieth century- The Beatles, and The Budapest String Quartet." The recordings on this disc are being released for the first time ever, and showcase the legendary Budapest at their youthful peak- 1940 and 1941- in performances of Haydn's "Lark" and Op. 76, No. 5 quartets. For sheer intensity, it is hard to imagine finer performances that these stunning "in-concert" readings. In addition, the members of the Budapest are joined by pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski for a luminous account of Beethoven's Op. 16 piano quartet- a performance given in 1955. This disc is a "must have" for serious fans of the great chamber music traditions in our century!
 

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The playing is excellent, but with sound issues
J. Grant | North Carolina, USA | 04/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Beethoven Quintet and the Gypsy Trio are excellent, both in artistry and in sound. The two Haydn quartets, however, are marred by sudden bursts of crackling static. This is quite unfortunate, because without the sound imperfections, this would easily be a 5 star performance. As it stands, this is still a highly enjoyable disc, and all of the performances are top-notch."