All thanks for this gem go to Lemarquis The Budapest String Quartet for over thirty years was reguarded as simply “the” string quartet. For over a decade they were the string quartet in residence at the Library of Congress. They used Strads from the Library’s collection. They performed the entire Beethoven cycle every year they were there. All these performances were recorded. The 1952 performances were released on columbia from those cycles. This stereo really captures the sound of the instruments. The “Trout” is a lovely piece, the warmth of the sound is present, but what counts is the life and energy and thought that seem to have gone into every bar. The variety of dynamics and texture, the adjustments of pacing bespeak a total commitment to the music here, and it’s just harrowing in places. The lyrical gestures are fleeting, and the obsessive drive of the faster passages, contrasted with the eerie character of the slower ones is just gripping. It’s just an outstanding recording.
Composer: Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Budapest String Quartet, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Julius Levine, Joseph Roisman, Boris Kroyt, Mischa Schneider
Number of discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 1.22 GB
# Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
# Performers: see below
# Vinyl (1965 / 1933 / 1963 / 1982)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 91 and 92 of 100
# Size: 1.99GB (24/96) + 517MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF
This was by request. Hope you enjoy it.
All three works presented here are products of composers who were either pianists of outstanding ability, or who had a close affiliation with the instrument in youth. While Schumann himself was not a pianist, he combined criticism with composition, and in both, he expressed such personality and individuality that writers and composers have been challenged to equal the results for more than a hundred years.
As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments.