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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn man View Post
    What about The Lindsays?
    Their Haydn alone is worthy of a place in my top 10
    Yup, their Dvorak isn't bad either.

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    I lack the experience to comment, but how do you feel the Pražák compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal View Post
    Yup, their Dvorak isn't bad either.
    A few days ago I "burned" burned their recording of the Borodin #1, and I thought it very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartetfore View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mal View Post
    Yup, their Dvorak isn't bad either.
    A few days ago I "burned" burned their recording of the Borodin #1, and I thought it very good.
    Only one burn of course
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    Greatest involves historical research/time spent, and I doubt if it would accomplish anything for me or others. Favorites is a more worthwhile endeavor. Jus' sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Greatest involves historical research/time spent, and I doubt if it would accomplish anything for me or others. Favorites is a more worthwhile endeavor. Jus' sayin'.
    Yes, I propose a moratorium on that overused word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Greatest involves historical research/time spent, and I doubt if it would accomplish anything for me or others. Favorites is a more worthwhile endeavor. Jus' sayin'.
    Yes, I'm totally accord with you on this. OP was about and article (no more available) which used the word "greatest".

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    Mentioned once earlier, my favorite is the Cleveland Quartet. Their Beethoven Cycle rocks. Especially the Grosse Fugue.

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    My personal favourites, simply based on having enjoyed their recorded or live performances:

    Quartetto Italiano (Beethoven, Webern, Schumann, Brahms, Borodin, Debussy, Ravel, Mozart, Schubert)
    Quatuor Talich (Beethoven, Mozart Quintets)
    Alban Berg Quartett (Beethoven, Stravinsky)
    Tokyo Quartet (Bartok, Beethoven)
    Melos Quartet (Ravel, Debussy, Cherubini)
    Fitzwilliam Quartet (Shostakovich, Delius, Sibelius)
    Maggini Quartet (Britten, Bridge, Bax, Maxwell Davies, Arnold, Alwyn, Walton, Vaughan Williams)
    Quatuor Diotima (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Boulez, Manoury, Poppe etc.)
    Leipziger Streichquartett (Mozart)
    Arditti Quartet (Ferneyhough, Macmillan, Birtwhistle, Dillon, Harvey, Stroppa, Cerha etc.)
    Quatuor Mosaïques (Haydn)

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    Pavel Haas is one of my absolute favorites!

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    Can i throw in the Panochas for their incredible Dvorak and Martinu cycles?

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    I like the budapest - even circa 1950s - I know people say they play out of tune a bit but they have this special sound - mainly when they play Mozart - which I find very attractive.

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    Has anyone mentioned the Capet Quartet? A French outfit formed in 1910 who made their handful of 78s on or before 1928. Deliciously Olde Worlde styling with the odd smudge and sliding between notes. The perfect antidote to today's note-perfect whizz-kids.

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