The Hungarian Quartet may not be to everyone's taste and their Beethoven is going to strike some listeners as too vigorous and short-tempered but it kept my attention, much like Schnabel did with the piano sonatas. The Hungarian Quartet's style of playing is abrupt, by modern standards and often sounds rather impulsive, but they brought to my attention much detail that I never really noticed before. These are good sounding 1953 [mono] studio recordings of the whole Beethoven cycle and they are priceless, especially as it's out of print once again. I myself, would not want to be without many of these remarkable performances that are simply jaw dropping.
Note: Third Ear "essential listening companion" book called these recordings glorious, and some of the most perceptive readings in the catalog. They also thought the mono sound was quite good.
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