The Budapest String Quartet
Beethoven and Haydn Recital
Best of Year - FI Magazine
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!
“Considering the sources on antique shellac discs, the lack of surface noise leaves one amazed. Bridge’s remastering obviously took much trouble to save these masterful performances. Major!” - inTune