Post by Herman
They are indeed the same recordings, from May 1962 (only the two
contemporary American works in the Epic box were recorded before 1960).
What I find mannered was the rather excessive tapering down of phrases at
the end, over and over, every phrase as it were bracketed by hairpins left
and right. I'm not saying that's wrong, it just kind of bugged me. However,
it may well be at some other point in time I will love it.
Fair enough. I'll take another listen to see whether my reaction is different
than it's been in the past. To whose performances do you go for these
I'm not quite sure which Mozart quartets this thread refers to, but, if
you are willing to do mono, the Budapest's early-50's recordings of
the "Haydn" set are quite wonderful. They are coupled on Sony with
their 40's string quintets (mostly with Katims), which Alan Cooper
avocated for strongly here and which have since become my favorite
set of the quintets.