The New Budapest Quartet certainly have an attitude, which unfortunately is not good when it comes to the late quartets. That's not to say that it's a bad performance, but there's too much of the Budapest's personality in the late quartets - these, in my humble opinion, need more sensitivity.
The early quartets are delightful here, but what makes this set worth owning is the Razumovskys: Perfect is the only word that can describe this rendition. There's solemnity when it's required, panache when permissible, vigour when it's warranted - in short, "just as the Master intended". The first and last movements of op. 59 #2 of this performance moves one to tears. There's a fiery intensity in all these performances that makes this a definite buy. However, try another version of the late quartets, is my advice - perhaps the Vermeer, or the Lindsays.
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