Budapest String Quartet Archive

The Budapest String Quartet with Rudolph Serkin = MENDELSSOHN, SCHUMANN:  String Quartets, Piano Quintet – Budapest String Quartet/ Rudolf Serkin, piano – Praga Digitals

The Budapest String Quartet with Rudolph Serkin = MENDELSSOHN, SCHUMANN:  String Quartets, Piano Quintet – Budapest String Quartet/ Rudolf Serkin, piano – Praga Digitals

 The Budapest String Quartet = MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1; SCHUMANN: String Quartet in a minor, Op. 41, No. 1; Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 – Budapest String Quartet/ Rudolf Serkin, piano – Praga Digitals  PRD 250 391, 82:29 (11/24/17) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: Classic Budapest Quartet performances showcase their Strads in brilliant harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann. In various incarnations, the Budapest String Quartet endured 1917-1967.  Its originally “Hungarian” character evolved into a Russian ensemble whose repute extended to America, and they accepted the request to perform at the Library of Congress in Coolidge Auditorium on Stradivarius instruments, and their live concerts had the good fortune to have been recorded. The opening 1838 Mendelssohn Quartet in D Major (13 November 1959) provides a vivacious case in point for the ensemble’s thoroughly homogeneous sound and alertness of response, especially when first violin Joseph Roisman (1900-1974) maintained good intonation. The vivacious Molto allegro vivace enjoys rapid, rocket figures in the first violin and tender reflection from Boris Kroyt’s viola.  The broad structure of the music wants to break out beyond the sonata-form to become an exuberant rhapsody whose multifarious themes find connection through […]