The Budapest String Quartet Plays Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Beethoven / Budapest String Quartet Release Date: 06/12/2012
Label:SonyCatalog #: 7776782
Spars Code: DDD Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest String Quartet Number of Discs: 8
Recorded in: Stereo
Length: 8 Hours 12 Mins.
Everyone has sentimental favorites, and this set is one of mine. Yes, the ensemble has a few rough spots now and again—nothing serious—but the playing has such warmth and emotional generosity, that bigness of spirit that’s so often forgotten in today’s Beethoven performances. The Budapest Quartet clearly frames its view of the composer in terms of the great, late quartets. So Op. 18, cultured and intelligent thought it is, could do perhaps with a touch more energy in spots, a leaner basic sonority. But once we hit the great middle quartets it’s smooth sailing right through to the end.
I am listening to the first Razumovsky Quartet as I write this: to the great purity of the cello cantilena, to the big dynamic range in theRead more first crescendo, to the wonderfully phrased transition to the second subject, to the perfectly judged, swiftly flowing basic tempo and effortless ensemble rubato; really it’s just lovely. Sure, sitting here with my zippy new Urtext score, I see a slur placed elsewhere now and again, an accent shifted, some dynamics adjusted, but who cares? None of it falls outside the normal parameters of a typical performance anyway, and while the sonics have dated and a measure of hiss remains, better that than attenuated high frequencies. Just beautiful.
The best everDecember 5, 2012By H R W. (Bayside, WI)See All My Reviews"Better than Vegh, Julliard, Takacs and any other contenders. Vivid insight, humor, intensity. A treasure."Report Abuse
OK but not as good sound as Heifitz recordingAugust 12, 2012By Donald S. (Edwards, CO)See All My Reviews"The sound is pretty typical for an old recording even as it was remastered to DDD. Try the Heifitz recordings of the same series from the manufacturer."Report Abuse
fond memoriesAugust 7, 2012By John M. (mansfield, PA)See All My Reviews"My flute teacher, many years ago, taught me the mechanics of flute playing, and then taught me musicianship. I had to listen to recordings of the best musicians in the world, and much of what I listened to were recordings by the Budapest quartet. I was entranced. They really did play with great musicianship, and I thought their technique was impeccable. Until I bought these discs, I listened to the Guarneri; their playing is more polished than the Budapest, but both groups are among the elite."Report Abuse