Beethoven: The String Quartets - The Hungarian Quartet
Label: Regis Records
Budget Periods: Classical, Romantic
Composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Performers: Hungarian Quartet
Beethoven: The String Quartets
The Hungarian Quartet
Regis presents the classic 1953 Beethoven string quartet cycle from The Hungarian Quartet in an 7 CD slimline box set. For some, these performances are definitive.
The Hungarian Quartet's first recorded cycle of the Beethoven Quartets, with the mono sound firm and full, is suburb, with tonal beauty never and end in itself. Polished ensemble goes with a sense of spontaneity in readings fresher and more direct than those of 1966. The spacious, unhurried playing of the slow movements have rarely been matched. Those primarily concerned with the music as opposed to sound quality will find little difficulty in adjusting to the recording.
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