Beethoven: The Late String Quartets Nos. 12-16 and the Grosse Fuge

The Budapest String Quartet (rec. 1941-60) (Library of Congress; Bridge)

The Budapest's Beethoven was fresh, scrubbed, shining bright as new and in this set of their Library of Congress recordings we have a chronological history of an extraordinary ensemble. We also have something of a technical triumph. I do not know how Bridge's engineers managed to make masters over fifty years old, some of them probably acetate discs, sound so fine. But they have, and the result is an irreplaceable collection.

Gramophone

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