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    So many superb sets available. Hungarians, Italians , Alban Bergs, Takacs etc.
    However I would hate to look at my shelves and not see the Lindsays there.
    For me way up there with the best.
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    The cycle to which I most return is that by the Talich Quartet; they have an "airiness" of tone which I find particularly appealing, and running them a close second are the sets by the Takács Quartet and Quartetto Italiano. More recently, the Endellion, Belcea and Alexander String Quartet (their second cycle on Foghorn Classics) have been very impressive.

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    Love lots. Alexander, Italiano, Alban Berg and Tokyo are all excellent.

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    As as Vegh and Fitwilliam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Agree completely. I keep recommending aset that no one else has, namely the Hungarian Quartet. I first learned the music from their set of Seraphim lps and was able to purchase the CDs from a French import site. All of the above refers to their early 1960s Stereo set. Warner has just released their early 50s mono set for something like $8 and it's very fine as well.
    The Tokyo set is very good. It is much better than the SACD set recorded by the Quartets final line up on Harmonia Munda--and much cheaper
    Yes. I believe I too had the Hungarian Quartet's Beethoven cycle way back when. The older Tokyo Quartet's recording is extremely satisfying to my ears. But I practically need a crane to lift it off my shelf-a more bulky packaging, I have never seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Yes. I believe I too had the Hungarian Quartet's Beethoven cycle way back when. The older Tokyo Quartet's recording is extremely satisfying to my ears. But I practically need a crane to lift it off my shelf-a more bulky packaging, I have never seen.
    I vaugely remember being dismayed with the packaging, but I burned it to hard drive and disposed of it.

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    The Alexander String Quartet has an excellent set. In particular I'm extremely impressed by their recordings of the late Beethoven string quartets. Nos. 14 and 15 in this set are remarkable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordontrek View Post
    The Alexander String Quartet has an excellent set. In particular I'm extremely impressed by their recordings of the late Beethoven string quartets. Nos. 14 and 15 in this set are remarkable.
    Superb set. Great shout.

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    For the spiritual dimension in these works, I'd go for the Busch Quartet.

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    Re the Alexander Quartet:

    Their first complete recording was very good, but I think the second is even better.
    Not only is the sound much better on the second set, but the change in first violinist made a huge difference.
    Last edited by wkasimer; Aug-28-2017 at 15:11.

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    I'm seeing alot of recommendations that I don't think are great, just good. My favorites are

    Budapest Quartet
    Vegh Quartet
    Hungarian Quartet

    and for modern sound the Prazak Quartet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnfan View Post
    I'm seeing alot of recommendations that I don't think are great, just good. My favorites are

    Budapest Quartet
    Vegh Quartet
    Hungarian Quartet
    All three of these groups have multiple recordings of the Beethoven Quartets - which ones are you talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    All three of these groups have multiple recordings of the Beethoven Quartets - which ones are you talking about?
    I'm guessing the Vegh set is the 70s one. Superbly played. The 50s one has scrawny sound and is not as well played, IMO.

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    So far eighteen different String Quartets have been mentioned in this thread. Which I think proves the point that there never can be the "best" complete recording of the Beethoven Quartets. And, there will never be complete agreement on which one is best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartetfore View Post
    So far eighteen different String Quartets have been mentioned in this thread. Which I think proves the point that there never can be the "best" complete recording of the Beethoven Quartets.
    Actually it proves only that most people have difficulty formulating a totally objective and accurate view of such things. But it is possible. See my earlier recommendation, for example.


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